Hey, long time reader and a huge fan of your work, I felt compelled to write you. I have to say that I began as just an admirer, but you have become a kind of hero to me. I love the courage you show in your pursuit of life. Normally I would just follow you online and try not bug you, but I just finished reading your entry "The BreakUp" and was a little shocked as it kind of hit close to home for me.
Last year, I also went through a hard break up (Note from London: skipping the deets, cause they are personal). Just wanted to send you some advice. Just remember. One foot after the other - I developed a routine for my everyday to make sure I didn't wallow; I started swimming again, touched base with friends and began to paint as well as write. I made sure I did something physical, creative and social everyday.
I also began taking a harder look at my life. I hated my job. A lot. Years of work for poor pay in a shitty environment. The big reason that I had stayed so complacent was because I had a relationship and a wedding to plan. Once we broke up, I asked to be laid off. I have been free of that job since December 2010.
In that time I made new friends in Eureka, fell in love with Portland, got dysentery in Seattle (of all places) and saw all of Vancouver. It was amazing. All the people, the beautiful northwest, the drinks and food, the everything. Very theraputic and even caught a couple of double rainbows.
The big thing was the realization of just how big life actually is and how sometimes we imprison ourselves with our own lives. Yeah, I may have still been in pain, but apart of that pain was me keeping my eyes closed to just what else life had to offer and could be.
So, I wanted to say thank you again. You were a strange inspiration for me at a time when I needed it. I also wanted to offer some of the same advice; A reminder that when things seem to be at their worse, it means things can only get so much better. But then again, your the one who taught me that - Hope your living it up, and If you ever hit SF I owe you, Matt, Tracy and Mom-dog a drink, Thank you again,
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