This did not happen overnight. As I look back now, this was an almost imperceptible process. When my husband was laid off in 2001, I was a stay-at-home mom to our only child, Kathryn. To make ends meet, I went back to work 'temporarily' (I am still at my 'temporary' job). With my full-time job, the things I loved to do slowly fell away one by one. Fast forward 6 1/2 years to the simple question "what do you do for fun?"
Six months later, my physical wounds have healed, but a void still remains. My mission now is to define a new path for myself by:
- bringing back fun into my life
- nuturing a hobby or two
- reminding myself that my job is 'just work'--it does not define who I am.
So, as America celebrates her independence today, I will celebrate my 'independence' from the monotony of life.