© 2014 Marica

Her story

On this day thirty six years ago, a newly married couple walked out the doors of this church – St Mary of the Angels in Wellington.

As the bride took her first steps out into the world as a married woman she believed she was beginning a lifetime adventure with the man she had just committed herself to. She thought of her new husband as an equal and that they had entered a partnership that would enable both of them to grow and flourish.

There is a pattern to life – a series of expectations – and she was following these. She believed her life would turn out like it does in stories where the couple lived happily ever after. Sadly she was wrong. This illusion was shattered remarkably quickly.

Reflecting back I wonder who that young bride was. She seemed to be so naive and incredibly trusting. She knew nothing about who she was, what she wanted for herself or what she was capable of. She had no dreams or plans. She lived her life according to the expectations of others. She went through the motions and did what she had to. In reality she wasn’t happy. She felt like a shell of a person who was present in physical form only.

The years passed. So much happened – things she never would have imagined in her wildest dreams. Her life led her down paths that were scary, lonely and very painful.

Mixed in amongst all the disappointments and heartache has been tremendous joy and lots of fun times. The birth of her three children, nurturing and growing them was without doubt the highlight. The love she feels for them to this day is unquantifiable. Another blessing was her loving family that stood beside her through both the good and bad times – her parents, her sisters and their families, her friends. Their unconditional love and support was rock solid and this gave her the strength to pick up the pieces and turn them into something better, something great. Each of these people has a special place in her heart and soul. She treasures them with each breathe she takes.

This woman used adversity as a motivation to transform herself, her life and the lives of her children. She is still continuing this process today. Change is continuous and a vital component of becoming an evolved individual.

This woman survived. She now has dreams and aspirations for her life. She has a far better understanding of who she is. This woman is determined to make up for lost time.

Her story is my story.

Manifesto
04. Every day is an opportunity to cultivate the promise of the future.
12. Every day love yourself.
23. Every day retain your personal power. It belongs to you. No one else.

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