Who do I think I am?

Published June 2, 2014 by Liz Ault

Still day one. Still trying to get my arms around the basics. Seems part of that is to discover or figure out why I’m doing this in the first place. My world is small, very small. There are only a handful of people in this small world of mine. But, with that said, there is a huge world out there. There are things in my background and experience that could help others. There are ways that I can make a difference.

I’m retired now. My last and longest job was in IT supporting the telecommunications infrastructure both at the home office and remote locations. When I left that job I was broken. The recovery was a slow one. It’s not complete, but I no longer feel broken. Not exactly fixed either, but most importantly not broken.

I kept diaries and journals most of my life. They actually helped me to cope with a very dysfunctional childhood. As an adult, they helped me get my thoughts together and “think” through what to do or how to act. The problem with diaries and journals are who they can or can’t help. They are only for me. Once I’m dead, I guess my kids will know more of my life adventures both good and bad, happy and sad. It’s time for me to reach out of my comfort zone. That has to be one of the perks of growing old. Worrying about the judgement of others lessens with age.

Some of what I hope to do is to cover some subjects close and dear to me. As I’ve muddled around the site the last few days, I’ve noticed a subject that has influenced me more than anything is adoption. When I used it as a key word I got pages and pages of posts about cats and dogs. Animal adoption events. Animal adoption experiences. Maybe I just didn’t enter enough information, but I saw nothing about human adoption. So, I’m guessing this is where I’ll probably start. There have to be people out there who want to share the adoption experience. And mine was not a Hallmark experience.

Another subject, or matter, or pet peeve is how little information is available about male breast cancer. I hope to be a voice on this also.

A year from now, I want to look back and feel like I’ve made a bit of a difference, even if only to myself.

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4 comments on “Who do I think I am?

  • If you are talking about wordpress reader – adoption is the best term. If you use adopted – it’s primarily dogs and cats. Adoptee works but not many posts. Welcome to blogging…if you are looking for other adoptee blogs you can check the blogs link on my page – there are many, as well as other blogs too.

  • Congrats on starting Zero to Hero! I just finished mine, and I have to say I’m really glad I did. I hope you find it as wonderful a journey as I did. 🙂

    Also, this:

    “When I left that job I was broken. The recovery was a slow one. It’s not complete, but I no longer feel broken. Not exactly fixed either, but most importantly not broken.”

    I can so relate to that. Thank you for putting into words a feeling I didn’t realize I hadn’t named. I just stepped down from a restaurant GM position that was eating me alive, and I had no idea how bad it was until I started the recovery. it’s inspiring to me to know that I’m not alone, and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Good luck with your blog, and ZtH! I hope you find what you’re looking for. 🙂

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