Mandy Len Catron writes about life since the famed New York Times article: “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This” and she candidly shares her struggles in reconciling, success, humility, gratitude and normalcy.
I can relate to so much of this article — all of this really. Wanting something to show for 34 (or, in my case, twenty-something…) years of life, writing with the hopes that one day the right person will read and that the writing will lead to an opportunity that will interrupt the monotony of life, worried that you want too much out of life, and letting go of worry so that you can enjoy life.
(P.S. She lives in Vancouver. Hooray for Canadian writers!)
For weeks I’ve wanted to write about all that’s happened in my life in 2015, but I couldn’t find a good way to get at it. I keep thinking back to a rainy Sunday night, about a year ago, when I met two friends for dinner. One was pregnant and doing interesting research for her PhD in linguistics. She and her husband were thinking about buying a condo or moving to a new, baby-friendly apartment. The other, a psychologist, I hadn’t seen since August, when she was in the midst of a messy break up with a not-at-all-nice guy. But by March she was living happily with her new boyfriend—a man who seemed unbelievably successful and kind and good for her. A man she met the day after her break up. She told us about helping to raise his two kids, and her summer plans to attend conferences and visit…
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