I went on my first journey throught the past. This one was my childhood. I do not know what I expected to find. I was not even sure why it had become so important for me to go there. I went to the church where I was baptized and attended grammer school. It looked familiar but yet I knew in my heart I was now just a visitor. I then took the walk to the apartment where I had lived with my parents who are both deceased. The front door of the building looked locked but I tried the handle and it was left ajar. I walked in the hallway and it seemed very different. I had spent so many years sitting in that same hallway thinking about the life that was happening to me at the time. Sometimes you feel you are trapped in that “life”. But “life” goes on and changes. I think the apartment building visit was the part of the journey that I needed to do the most. I even got into the school to look around but being in the hallway where I had so many ups and downs and finally thought about “growing up” was the real place I needed to see. I am still trying to sort the trip out in my mind but the one thing I think I learned was sometimes if you are not sure of who you are now you need to go back and see who you were then and say “goodbye” to that old self. Once that is done you will realize how far you have come since then!
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My name is Kathy. I am 55 years old. I have two dogs and a cat. I work with seniors. I am an Executive Director in a retirement community.I love my job and my life!