When I was young I received my first camera. It was an exact replica of She-Ra's pink castle and took 110 film. I would save one week's allowance to buy film, and the next week's to develop the film. I always got doubles for some reason. I styled my Barbie dolls by chopping their hair and re-purposing their skirts for head-wear. Carefully placing them in around my yard, I cropped in close to give the viewer the feeling that Barbie was in the jungle, swimming in a pool, laying in the sand...
I held my Grandmother's hand and was singing Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me" (a favorite song of hers) while she took her last breath.
I contracted Lyme disease. It has become chronic but I cannot find a doctor to treat me, as the disease is controversial. Some days I cannot walk.
I became an obsessive technology uber geek. I used to think computers were the devil, and reading Sylvia Plath 24/7 was where it was at.
Danced in my undies on a city street. Spat in someone's coffee because they
asked for a more attractive waitress. Stood on a glass and broke it into my
foot. Climbed up 1000 steps to watch the sun set from a fort. Bake a killer
New York cheesecake. N
I dyed my pubic hair pink. I drank Presidente in the back of a tiny pickup truck on the way to a waterfall in the Doninican Republic. I filleted a Mahi Mahi on the deck of a tall ship with my pocket knife.
I became a Nun but after 5 years I moved on. I became a professional Belly Dancer until the knees gave out. I became a mother and learned to let my child go her own way. I became an artist who worked with prisoners. I continue becoming a human being. Jan, age 68
My Grandmother was nothing but hateful and abusive toward me. When she died I had to "fake" cry because inside I was very glad.
From 7 years old on I was alone each day for 12+ hours. I am shocked, looking back that I was never abducted or molested. Many days were absolute fun, because I was like a pirate-child, free to maraud my town endlessly.
When I was 20 I dated an New York stage actor. A few years later our romance was a distant memory and I was watching TV with my new husband when my old actor boyfriend popped up in a hemorrhoids treatment TV commercial. It was hilarious, but I had to keep it to myself, because my new husband was crazy-jealous.
I have had chronic depression all my life, but studying art in a very serious manner has helped me enormously and I currently feel the best I ever have.
I have a talent for writing backwards and I can imitate a barking dog, very realistically.
I returned to Judaism and davened a High Holy Days Service.
I became a certified Texas peace officer at 38 years old.
I fell in love with mariachi music all over again.
I lost my mother in 21 March 2011 and my father Feb 4, 1993 and my stepfather October 8, 2010
I have never noticed how intense the colors of a Central Texas Spring were before and how much I have wanted to do with this life now that it appears time for me to leave it and go onward to new adventures in the life after this...
At a very young age of 6 or 7, jumped off a 10 ft tower at a swimming pool and loved the thrill which started me on my life of roller coaster, exciting rides and thrills, and best of all the skyjump in New Zealand.
Turned my wild life around at 15 with a geometry class when the teacher started to challenge me with math problems that I always solved, and I ended up with an average of 110, which started me on a college bound life in the sciences and math.
Met my "soul mate" in 1962 while in Europe but didn't reconnect until 2009.
Married someone I didn't love and knew it, but married him anyway. It did end.
Privilege of being the only person to get evicted from a York, ME campground after being there for 15 years, but which ended up being a blessing in disguise.
I acted recklessly in my youth, and still enjoy the memories. I grew up poor, and pulled myself out of poverty through education. I had a daughter, who grew to be a good person. I traveled the world and found myself. I found love and peace. Sandra
I know the only thing you need to do is keep going... I had two amazing children when told I couldn't I survived a cancer diagnosis when told I wouldn't I attend college in my fifties when told I shouldn't I am living proof odds are meaningless - forget them. Karen, age 54
Shoveled snow, cleaned out garages and barns, mowed lawns, raked leaves, delivered newspapers, had a vegetable garden and worked at the local grocery store through graduation from high school. Failed out of college at 19 and explored careers in metalworking tool and die making, auto repair, computer programing, bagel bakery management, organic farming, blown plastic film, plastic injection molding and created and ran a batik and tie dye business for about 6 years. Returned to college between 30-35 for my BA in Mechanical Engineering, moved to ME in 1990 permanently after visiting for decades, and have worked for the last 28 years for an engineering consulting firm specializing in renewable energy. Bought my first home at 50, got married for the first time at 59, and never wanted or had any children - we're the kids of our home! Learned to grow cannabis in 2017 under Maine's recreational cannabis program and discovered we have a real understanding and talent here - currently planning for retirement focused on organic gardening in 2020. Tim
I lived in Mexico for two months with a Mexican Family. I've had my heart broken twice and broke my soul mate's heart. I ran a two mile race in 13:58 I spent an amazing night in Goblin Valley Utah in 1978. I believe in another dimension. Marilyn
i broke someones heart and then he stuck around six years to really break mine. i learned that doing it on your own is better. i finished Infinite Jest (in three weeks). i found out that i am really good at shooting a gun. i did everything i wanted to do. Rebecca, age 27
I have delivered 5 babies as an EMT. Sang to a woman in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital as she was dying because it calmed her. Swam with the dolphins. Dance when I am alone from happiness. Taught myself guitar and lead a folk group but can't read music. Peggi
Came out as gay to wife at 43 years old. Walked away from a multiple rollover crash at 18 with no seat-belt. Made a lot of art. Moved to Santa Fe N.M. after years of dreaming about it. Have felt my faith in humanity renewed countless times. David
Sang Karaoke to "Hopelessly Devoted to You" in Los Angeles. Sold a piece of my artwork to a well-known artist for his personal collection. Spent a month in France exploring and working on my artwork. Got married and didn't change my name. Reread Watership Down every year from 8th grade to 12th grade. Jennifer