This journey, documented here frequently over the last seven months, has been my biggest struggle. My challenge. And as with any challenge, mental, physical, emotional, you always know it could be worse. However, that does little to quell the emotional roller coaster you've just voluntarily signed up and buckled in for. The last year and a half, mine has run the gamut of emotions; happiness, frustration, sadness, hope, desperation, love. Even now, as the seconds tick off the clock, almost shouting at times "one minute closer", I struggle to find the right words to express how I feel about all of it.
What I do know is this; that someway, somehow, a series of fortunate events have gotten me to this new chapter. A series of fortunate events helped me find someone amazing, and gave me the sense to hang on when the road got bumpy and the miles seemed infinite. A series of fortunate events presented me with an unconventional relationship that was worth a try, one that's payoff turned out to be more than I ever imagined back then. A series of fortunate events made it tougher just when I thought we'd seen it all, but gave me faith, patience and the ultimate gift in return.
This series of fortunate events turned me into someone, who two years ago, I may not have known. One part of a long-distance relationship, a military girlfriend, someone who
Someone who has conquered her greatest challenge (for now). Someone ready for that next chapter.