Last year I reverse engineered the end by writing a letter to my family before I wrote a letter to my now ex-husband letting them know that we navigated a compassionate, guided divorce with as much mutual respect as we could towards each other to enable us both to go onto live happy and healthy lives as the best versions of ourselves that we simply could not find together.
There is a paragraph of this letter that resonates with me deeply as one of the most life changing trips draws to a close.
The good times were so good, amazing really. In the last 16 years, we have gone on adventures (almost) enough to last a lifetime. I will hold dear to me those memories as well as the strength that I have gained to now stand on my own two feet in realizing that as good as the good times were, the bad simply outweighed the good and we brought out the worst in each other.
In early February, I received a call about an opportunity which took me all of 5 minutes to say yes as this trip seemed like the perfect adventure filled with new experiences. Even though I obtained my new passport last July, I had yet to travel internationally until last week. This meant that the last trip I took internationally was Costa Rica, which was a decidedly bittersweet trip.