I didn’t realize that separating would give me the opportunity
To start pulling myself together.
I didn’t anticipate that separating from my spouse
Would enable me to deepen my relationships with my kids, my sister, my parents, my friends, my colleagues, and all of the other people in my life.
I never imagined that talking about my separation
Would inspire other women to tell me their soul-wrenching stories of struggling with difficult marriages, divorce and the challenges of daily survival.
I didn’t foresee that separating
Would lead to unexpected encounters and engrossing conversations with people I had never met before.
I didn’t expect the outpouring of warmth, compassion and support that I have experienced since I moved out.
I didn’t know that I would find myself looking forward
To the rest of my life.
I didn’t believe that I would feel stronger
Now that I am on my own.
I didn’t think that I would have the confidence
To face the constant challenges and carry on.
I never dreamed that I would be in this place at this time in my life
And that it would feel OK.
I didn’t realize to what extent an ending
Can turn out to be a new beginning.