Monday, September 12, 2011

10 Years

"Nostalgia, the vice of the aged." Angela Carter

This past weekend seemed custom-made for nostalgia. My husband and I celebrated our 20 year dating anniversary (because we're nerds - I think I mentioned this before?). It was the somber, soul-wrenching 10th anniversary of 9-11. And mom is staying with me - stunning me with non sequiters like "What ever happened to Trista?" a girl I last saw in fifth grade.

So, I've done a lot of thinking about the past in the last couple of days. Some of it good, some of it bad and some of it cringe-inducing. On balance, because I'm an insufferably positive person, I think I've done OK. I work hard at my marriage because it's worth more than rubies, and I love my kids as hard and well as I can.

But I'm proudest of becoming a writer. It's the one thing I've done completely by myself. It's practically magic, the way I 'forged in the smithy of my soul' (sorry, James) a new identity. I know, I'm patting myself on the back for something that countless others (and all of you) have done already. But for years I didn't think I'd have the courage to do it. For years I let myself believe that I couldn't, shouldn't. And then, two years ago, I stopped standing on my own way.

What are you proudest of doing in the last 10 years?


  1. You should be proud! Congratulations.

    I'm proudest of writing the novel of my heart, then winning an SCBWI grant for that same novel. Shocked me. In a good way.

  2. I completely agree with Angela... you should be very proud! :)

    It's so odd, I've been feeling very nostalgic over the last little while too... in fact, my post yesterday was somewhat around the same lines!

  3. That is something to be very proud of. You faced your fears and negative thoughts and started anyway.

    I did the same when I decided to finish studying, but that I would completely change the direction of my life. That's what I'm most proud of.


  4. Marrying you. (I know, I know, but maths never my strong suit...) Tx


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