“Talk about the biggest challenge you faced.” Perhaps these aren’t the exact words but they are something similar.
I feel especially ancient when I look down my list of challenges I have experienced: I could say any of these, offered here in no particular order and I am guessing as soon as I hit “publish” I will think of others.
- My first daughter was stillborn
- Death of my brother (complicated by his Down’s Syndrome, our unique place in the birth order of my family and actually facilitating his celebration of life.)
- Two of my mental health clients threatened my life
- My Son was diagnosed with Autism (and the school failed him so I had to fight the school… which I learned happens way too often.)
- My mother was diagnosed with cancer.
- My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s
- I was raised in a home with an alcoholic parent
- Six months after those clients threatened my life, my husband left us
- "Best friend" stopped contact without a note, a phone call, anything right as one crisis after another occurred.
- And probably a bunch more.
None of these hold a candle to what I dealt with in October. Like I asked my blogging friends, “Is it enough to write a blog post for today's topic that says, "I faced a challenge head on. I met it. I worked it. I survived it. I'm still not ready to talk about it. The End."?
They assured me that was enough.
You can imagine beyond the above or perhaps beyond all the above combined? That was how this past October felt to me and why I am nervous – even now – for it to roll around again.
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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