It's Words Matter Week 2011 at The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE). They're running a blog contest--seven questions to answer in seven days to be in line for a nice prize. So, I thought I'd give it a try. Today the challenge question is:
Is there a word that has changed, or could change your life? What is it, and what difference would it make?
Oddly enough, for me, the word IS 'me'. I'm a senior citizen (we won't talk HOW senior), and for most of the years leading up to this point in my life, I have been an extension of someone else--my parents' daughter, my husband's wife, my children's mother. Now, miraculously, retired with an empty nest, I am me.
While it has been a struggle to see myself as a independent person who no longer answers to anyone, it is an on-going adventure, too. And once tasted, freedom becomes a necessary offering on the menu of life.