July 2006, May 2007, May 2009, and now December 2012.
I’ve graduated from 420 square feet in 2006 to 500 in 2007 to 550 in 2009 to 1100 in 2012. I am finally feeling like I’ve got my feet under me and, even if I don’t know what direction I will take, I’m on even ground now. I fully expect there to be ups and downs, but life is so much better than it was in 2006 or even 2009, or for that matter, 2011.
Living in this “Apartment 3” has had incredible benefits for me. First and foremost, I think I finally physically healed. And secondly, I think I mentally healed. It has been an ordeal — divorce, loss of friends due to the divorce, loss of family due to their own insane reasons, and the crazy job market. But since moving here in 2009, I found new friends who have become incredibly important in my life. I’ve connected with some old friends. I’ve got a decent job, a great son, a crazy cat, a man who adores me , and two best friends who would do anything for me, and I them.
Life has been good, and can only get better.
I have breathing room.
I have painting room.
I have room to have more than 3 extra people in the apartment and not feel overwhelmed.
I have an entire space to live in, and not around. I seriously am looking forward to spending quite a few years here. I have no plans, other than to keep living this life the best I can, with people around me that I care about.