“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
A few weeks ago I had an extremely bad experience with the current leadership of my women’s group. The details are not important, but let’s just say that various trusts were broken. Long story short, I decided that I would quit my women’s group. I’m leaping out there into the void, away from the comfort zone I’ve been in for the last seven years. I thought it would be scary and that I’d be sad about it, but oddly enough, the only thing I’ve felt is relief. I’m glad to be off that path. (Not that it was a bad path, necessarily, but something I’d grown out of without having realized it.) I’m glad to have free time to play with my kids and think my own thoughts and write my own stories.
I don’t want to be just swept off on a path that I don’t love. So what with all this time to think my own thoughts and make my own paths, I’ve been thinking about things that are close to my heart. What I love to do and what issues I’m passionate about. The thing is, I am passionate about helping people. I love planning things. I am sad that we don’t have a local autoimmune support group. I’m not the kind of person to sit around and wish that something was better without trying to make it better. So I contacted Kelly at Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior and told her I’m starting a group of my own. She’s sent me on to Arthritis Introspective to learn how to be a support system facilitator. I’ve contacted a few people in my community that I know through the grapevine that have autoimmune issues. Wish me luck! 🙂