I found myself, after reading Susan Duncan’s memoir, ‘Salvation Creek’, in 2006.
It was a time of feeling loss and emptiness in my life – possibly “Empty Nest Syndrome”. Family had married and moved on. Mid-life transition. Romantic fluctuation. Domestic changes.
Whatever the cause, I sensed a need for change. I was searching for a new direction.
One day at the library I picked up ‘Salvation Creek’, knowing nothing about it, except the title.
I think the word ‘Salvation’ was the trigger. I needed salvation from my life.
This book had it all for me, beginning with Susan, the author, relating her own loss. The death of her brother and husband within a few months of each other, how she needed new horizons, how she risked everything to relocate herself, to start over. Salvation with a challenge.
Sometime after reading her story, I found my own challenges for change and embraced the opportunity to move forward.
I joined new groups to find new interests and new friends. Garden Club, Probus, U3A, Book Club at the library.
Life became full and busy again – being part of community in retirement, meeting new people, everybody has a story.
I found my story had a new beginning.