Amy’s Life in Brief


Course Changes
September 19, 2009, 9:12 pm
Filed under: changes, family life, grief, PTSD, relationships | Tags: , ,

I just finished reading Ten Degrees of Reckoning tonight. It was a book that was riveting, yet very hard to read. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish it. I only read a heavy book like this ever once in awhile.

Given the nature of my work, and I’m sure my readers who are fellow social workers will understand, I tend to read somewhat light hearted fare such as this. But, after reading a book about one of the first round-the-world sailing races, I came across this book in my search for other books about circumnavigation of the globe.

It was a hard book to read because I’m a mother. I cannot imagine suffering the enormous loss this woman did and being able to get up each day and move forward in life. It is a testament to the spirit of Judith Sleavin that she has been able to do just this.

It was also difficult because of the realization that small alterations in our course in life can have giant impacts. Most of those impacts are unforeseen. You would think I would know this given the line of work I’m in. I see all the time who bodies fail people, how making the simple decision to travel in a car alters the course of someone’s life, or how just being born into a particular family can set a person down a particular path.

Somehow, though, I connected with this woman and the tragedy she survived. I feel more fragile and more grateful.

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