There are certain days in everyone’s life that represent a turning point. Most change is so slow and incremental that we don’t even notice it happening until we wake up one day and the world is different. However, some dates stick in your head forever. On most of these life-changing days, we go to bed the night before with no idea of what’s coming in the morning. In no particular order, here are some of mine that stick out.
December 31, 2013
Met the love of my life. Tried to get his attention all night, but he was too thick to notice. He has yet to hear the end of it.
March 17, 2014
Instead of drinking green beer, I was told by some ER doctors that the medication I had been on for almost six years had developed side effects that were no longer safe to live with. The decision to stop those pills was made and my life became consumed with a medical chain of events that is still unfolding.
August 31, 2011
The day I picked up my dog at a Tim Horton’s parking lot in Mississauga was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Anyone who follows my Instagram Account (@smamstagram) or has ever met me, knows that I am obsessed with my dog. Having a fur child who happens to share my anxiety disorder has given me a reason to get out of bed every day for the past four years. We are kindred spirits, and he rescued me, not the other way around. I don’t trust anyone else to care for him the way I do. So now I have no choice, I can’t give in to the blackness.
December 22, 2012
Sitting in the parking lot of the community hockey arena in the small town near my parents’ cottage, I got dumped by my college boyfriend a week before our three-year anniversary. In order not to lose face in that moment, I claimed I had been thinking of moving back to Toronto, leaving my desk job behind and starting over anyway. Once I said that, there was no turning back. Best on the spot decision I’ve ever made.
What do these days have in common? They were simple events or conversations that most people will experience in some form during their lives, but for me they each had far reaching consequences. I didn’t know they were coming and I have thought about the decisions I made and the ways I handled these turning points every day since they happened. There is beauty and meaning in the randomness of moments like this. Makes you wonder, what will tomorrow bring and what will the next little-big moment be?
About Sarah Lindsay
Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com