This month I would be celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary.
But we didn’t make it much past year 7.
In a strange way, I still celebrate on that day and spend time thinking about the past.
The good times and the bad. The ups and the downs. The lessons I wish I knew then but only learned much later.
The outcome may not have changed. Different people with different values may not have worked out if we played it back 100 different ways.
And that’s why I reflect.
It’s okay that it didn’t work out.
I still cherish the time we had together. The early days were really fun. I was in love and I know she was, too. We’ll always have that time etched in the archives of our story.
It was a big part of my journey to get where I am today. I’m more grateful than heartbroken.
I don’t look at divorce as a failure. In fact, it could be considered a win. We both have the chance to learn and change. We both have the chance to explore new horizons we might not have ventured into. We both can use the past as a lesson to help in the future.
The story of “us” looks different than it did 10 years ago and just because it might not have the fairytale ending doesn’t mean there can’t be a silver lining to it all.
So, cheers to whatever you are celebrating that have been a big chapter in the story of your life!