(This dispatch was written in Madrid but posted in Washington, DC because I am back in the US. Yay!)
"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost." ~H. Jackson Brown
October 16, 2014: I just spent a ridiculous amount of time prying a gray hair (or two) from my eyebrow. I would say farewell to my dignity but I never had that much in the first place. Whatever. I’ll be 31 sooner rather than later. Though I am not where I had once expected to be (for once I am not contemplating the state of my ovaries), I am here. Standing in this apartment in Madrid, plucking gray hairs and overwhelmingly open, willing and able to welcome what is next. For the first time in a long time I am excited. Genuinely, heart-stoppingly, grinningly excited.