3 1/2 years ago I made a decision that impacted my life immensely: To marry my (at the time) boyfriend. This meant quitting my job and moving to the United States. The problem is that my visa status forced me into early retirement. I’m not going to bore you with the details of the legality and issues concerning that fact that I can’t legally work, trust me! Even though it was a tough decision to make, I don’t regret it. It took me to where I am now – and more importantly, who I am now.
So, for the last three years, I’ve been coping with my retirement – and it’s not easy. In a nut shell, I have to constantly be aware of my emotions and thoughts to make sure that I’m not depressed. Sounds like I’m exaggerating, but not really. I’ve hit a few low moments and struggled more than enough times to get out of bed or the couch. I’m lucky that I have great family support (my husband especially) and great friends to help me understand my feelings and find strategies to cope with my unusual life.
I know my story is not very unique, but I really don’t mind that. In a world with billions of people, who is really that unique? And that’s ok! I love that there are people out there that live a situation similar to mine, it helps me feel that I’m not alone in the world and that there are people who truly understand how I feel. That said, I’m not writing exclusively to the special people out there who are making sacrifices for their spouses and families. I’m writing to anyone who wants to make the most out of their life.
Candid Thoughts and a Bowl of Veggies is literally a blog about life. I plan on writing about how I make the most out of my enormous amount of forced free time. From the foods I cook to the shows I watch on TV; from the places I go to the projects I do; the strategies I take to maintain my mental health and the people that help me maintain it. Yeah, it’s pretty broad, I know.
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Tchau for now,
P.S.: Tchau is the Brazilian word for goodbye. And you say just like the Italian word.