Someone once said to me that "when life throws you unexpected curves you can choose to be bitter or choose to be better". I admit it was a struggle at times. I had one good friend I had known for years and a couple of new ones. One friend let me stay with her while I got back on my emotional and financial feet. My new zoo family gathered around and helped me refocus. I had my zoo animals and my stubborn red-headed determination to keep positive.
I took this great change and turned it into a new and better life. I have my own lovely new apartment, a job I love, good friends, and my independence. My friends and family have been extraordinarily supportive.
I did not lose my positivity. I still believe in trust, love, marriage, and possibilities. I still believe I can and do make a difference for our worlds wildlife every day. I still believe in possibility and adventure.
I do not usually get this personal publically but I wanted everyone to know that when life throws you the unexpected, stop, figure it out, and move on, something better is ahead of you.
A special thank you to all my friends. You hugged me when I cried. Gave me a home. Showed me kindness. Most of all you made me laugh and smile again. You all know who you are and how special each of you are in my life. Even a strong independent woman needs support now and again and I am so glad I have you.
While parts of 2017 were rough, the last half is turning out to be amazing and I have high hopes for 2018. Let the adventures begin!
Keep smiling and make someone laugh today, Rebecca