My name is Emerson…

I am a woman.  I am 37 years old.  I was with someone for 6 years, best friends with him for 3 before that. I thought he was the love of my life.  I know now that he was also someone I never really knew at all.  Being with him fundamentally changed who I am as a person.  I haven’t decided yet if that is a good or bad thing. Maybe it’s both?  It definitely complicates things.

What I do know is that my relationship with him killed me… killed a part of me. It was terrible, it was hurtful and it was abusive – and I accepted it.

That person no longer exists.

I’ve kept a journal since I was 12 years old but, for some reason, I didn’t write about my life with him.  Instead, I kept it all inside. So now, what I want to do is share my journey. Not with him but, since him. I will share my stories, ideas and experiences – a lot of which I’m told are worth sharing –  and hope that you find something about them entertaining and or enlightening or relatable. I’ve also done a little processing here, so if that’s helpful to someone then I’m happy that I shared it.

This is the story of a girl… starting over after 30 and truly discovering who she is, what she wants and where she belongs in the world. I used to say that this journey began with him – now I say that he was just part of it.


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