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I was married over 10 years when I divorced. It was a time of great revelation. I didn't realize how much of myself I'd lost in the marriage. I recreated myself and learned to love and appreciate myself again. I loved that everything in my house was mine. That when I went shopping I didn't have to think about anything or anyone else. If I wanted steak I only had to buy one and I could buy any steak I wanted. I could wake up and do whatever pleased me every day. It was a bit of a transition, thinking for one. But I loved it. When I began to date I was like a kid in a candy shop. But I loved that too, and took full advantage of it. For the first few years I was uncommitted and went out with the flavor of the moment. That was fun!
The hard part is the lonely times. Sometimes you want the closeness of someone that knows you and understands you. You want true intimacy. That is harder to find... but not impossible.
Just give yourself time before you step back out there. The world awaits. Be sure you are ready to embrace it. Enjoy the freedom of being you. A little selfishness is a good thing.
Would I do it all again? In a heartbeat. I was dead in the marriage. Now... I am alive and loving life. I look straight ahead every day. My motto is... I don't know what is going to happen next... but I know It's gonna be good!