I am very happy to find that the life I've carved out since then has been satisfying and full of love, happiness, challenges, new friends and new travels. I have also developed a sudden allergy to cats, so that question has also been answered. Do year hear that, 2014? Bring on the next ten years!
It's almost ten years since I made a huge leap for this member of Mankind. Looking through old emails, I discovered that I stepped off that doomed spaceship in August of 2004. I'm really looking forward to doing something to commemorate the occasion. That's perverse of me, perhaps. But it's a closure that I'm feeling is needed. I was in that relationship for ten years, so to come so far in the ten years since is really quite a relief. At 28 I was overwhelmed by those too-common post-breakup thoughts: what now? Will I ever find someone permanent? Will I marry? Will I become a cat lady? Who would want a part of what I've made?