Sylvia age 60

I once fancied that I would spend my life a traveler, exploring the four corners of the earth, immersing myself in new cultures. Then life happened: marriage, children, a job, a mortgage. No time. No money. For a long time I’ve settled for supporting the adventures of my husband and children while daydreams sustained me.  I am at a time in my life when my children are grown, I am retired from the work-a-day world, my time is more my own. Now I have a new battle. I am afraid. What if I leave and something awful happens and I never come home again? Where will the money come from?  How can I be so selfish as to spend all this money on myself?  What if something happens to a loved one and I am far away? And there is a deeper fear: what if I stay safe at home and live the rest of my life with regret?

 "unpacking the shadow" 

A collaborative women's project

by Lorri Acott