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[Comments] (3) Defining Moments: Once Upon a Time, Mom was discussing us kids being "grounded" in our lives. She says I became grounded when I was in Romania. As I've mentioned earlier, I feel a lot of this process had already happened.

About a year before I left, a couple months before I applied for the program, I stopped taking my medication, broke up with my boyfriend and decided I needed to do something with my life. I was volunteering at the State Hospital and learned about Recreational Therapy - consequently changed my major. I signed up for Run For Your Life. I showed up at Alyson's house in the middle of the night (sorry about that!). I became less needy and dependent (high school girls can't go to the bathroom on their own syndrome) and, related or not, got abandoned at a strange apartment complex by my roommates. I applied to devote four months of my life to service halfway across the world. I moved into a house with 9 people I didn't know.

I decided I was going to get on with my life and live it. So I did.

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Posted by Rachel at Mon Apr 07 2008 12:56

Still don't think I'm grounded! But hey, I am doing something with my life...

I think it was very brave of your to go off to Romania.

Is this brought on by you typing up all your old journals?

Posted by Susie at Mon Apr 07 2008 15:15

no, I was just thinking about it in bed this morning. I am doing "question of the day" on Jamie's website this week and was trying to think of some.

Posted by Joe Walch at Wed Apr 09 2008 15:55

Alyson was such a grounder wasn't she? It was nice living near her my first year back from the mission when I had to just decide to move on with life as well.

I always wonder what holds people back from making that singular decision to live life instead of simply reacting to life's forces and pressures. It's powerful when they do, and it's becomes beautiful if it's done according to the gospel (e.g. caring about other people more than the self).

Hey, you could probably write an existential coming-of-age novel from your experiences. If you include magic dwarfs and talking horses, you might also make some money in a movie deal.


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