For most of the time since I retired from my corporate job, I have been trying to figure out who the "new me" is.
After all, the way I had defined myself for years before had been where I worked, and as my daughter's mother.
Suddenly both of those identities had been swept away in the sense that I was no longer employed, and my daughter had actually grown up and become her own independent woman.
So what was I supposed to do with the next 30 or so years?
It has been a slow and many times painful journey.
And since I began blogging almost three years ago, I have used this space to talk about the things that have just needed to be blurted out.
In the past few months I have sensed something different -- a sort of returning to things that I had been interested in before and just after my college days -- a returning to the fiber arts and the writing.
Along the way I have found others who, through their own blogs, have turned my thoughts in new ways to those old themes.
One of those blogs is written by a woman who lives in the area of California that we left when we retired. We share a number of things -- and when I read her blog and get a little glimpse into her world I am reminded that a lot of who we are has to do with how we respond to the challenges we face.
She has faced hers with grace. I'm ashamed to say I have not always done so.
I still have much to learn, but I sense a slow turning of the key in a very rusty lock