Sometimes it takes several hard pushes before you find yourself tripping onto the right path. Back in 2009, the economy tanked. I lost a job as a factory worker. I had gone through a divorce. I had three children to support.
Over the next few years, I lost our home to bankruptcy, I lost a second home that was supplying me with rental income and I lost my life savings trying to stay afloat. It was during this time that I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was exhausted all the time and in a lot of pain. I thought it was stress. Unfortunately, I learned the symptoms I had would stay with me for a lifetime.
One day during a peak time of depression, I couldn’t take it anymore. I knew I had to get these dark thoughts out of my system. I was angry at the world, I felt like a victim, in my mind, I felt helpless. I decided to create a blog. I had never read a blog or had a blog of my own, but I felt that a blog would allow me to get my thoughts out and scream at the world a little.
That one step, creating a blog changed my whole life. I am now a freelance writer. It was always a dream of mine to write, but I felt it was an impossible dream. I was at the bottom and knew I had nothing to lose. Writing made me feel alive again. The best part was that I could work from home and manage my fibromyalgia symptoms by taking rests when I needed to or getting up and stretching or take a walk when I would stiffen up.
It took a lot of bad situations pushing me down, crying and soul-searching for me to find the bright spot in a lot of tragedy. My life now is everything I could ever have hoped for. I make a good living, I get to be a stay-at-home mom and I love what I do. Looking back I am grateful for all of the heartache. It brought me to a place that is better than anything I could have ever hoped for.
Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer, social media consultant, and supports the vision of A Beautiful Me®. Her popular blog, Searching for the Happiness can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press.