Pivotal Moments in Life
Describe that one turning point -- that one moment of major change -- in your life. Was there a moment when you went with your gut, held your breath and jumped?
The turning point in my life had to be when I met my husband on a blind date and married him 4 months later. He had recently been divorced and I was in a relationship that was going no where. To add to everything, we found out shortly before we married, that his ex-wife put their four children (of whom she had custody) out of the house and they were going to be living with us.
After we married, there was a time when we looked at each other and said "What have we just done?" But after nearly 31 years of marriage, we knew that jumping into this decision was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, my husband passed away nearly 4 years ago. I have never regretted the decision to hold my breath and jump into that decision! His love turned my life around.
Feb 10, 2012 9:35 am
I think the most pivotal moment in my life was when I decided to submit my application to study overseas in Taiwan. I had tossed around the idea of studying abroad, but had finally decided that I would apply, but only go if I got a scholarship because it was a bit expensive. I applied not really think that I would get to go, but then I was approved and also won two scholarships and I decided that it was a chance I couldn't pass up.
That year in Taiwan completely changed my life and the way I look at the world now. I became bilingual and saw the world through another language and culture. I fell in love with my wonderful future Taiwanese husband and I am now considered an expat. A word I never thought would describe a small town country girl like me. Although it may be expensive to travel, I feel the richer for all my adventures. Thank goodness for my jump across the ocean!
Feb 10, 2012 11:37 am
I was in the first class of women to graduate from an all-male maritime academy. My leaping off point is so etched in my mind it still increases my heart rate when I recall it. I was at a friend's house working on getting up the nerve to pick up the phone and call for a taxi to take me to my first job as third mate aboard a freighter. I had to force myself to pick the phone up and dial.
This ship ended up circumnavigating the globe which was an experience I will never forget.
Feb 10, 2012 3:02 pm
After working in NYC after graduation for several years, I found myself bored and miserable. It had been my dream job, my entire goal during college, and an exciting job (for a while) but it was a bust as a career and a future. What to do? I went back to grad school: first to an M.F.A. program for playwriting, then a PHh.D. for theatre. I became a playwright, a scholar, and a professor, I met the people who were truly on my life path--great colleagues and friends--and I found a spiritual and intellectual home. It's been a blast--but if I hadn't jumped out of a secure, successful situation and into a complete unknown... I wouldn't be here now.
Feb 10, 2012 5:08 pm
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Feb 11, 2012 11:16 am
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Feb 11, 2012 11:21 am
One was: when I decided to go to US to study to be far away and discover myself
Other was: I decided to follow my gut to get back to India after 15 years and 2 kids; till today, I never regretted it...
Feb 11, 2012 12:48 pm
Hi Susan! My wife and I are in the middle of one of those jumps at the moment. In 2010, I left my corporate job of 10 years, started a company, had our first child, and the following Spring my wife quit her job to be home full time with our son. We are a 24/7 startup! I tell the story in more detail here:
I have to say - the jump has been the most amazing thing we have done on some many levels.
Feb 11, 2012 4:26 pm
To me the most pivotal moments of my life were deciding to have each of my two children several decades ago.Like everyone, I've made lots of life altering decisions. And I had the joy of seeing interesting places & doing interesting things - getting to work in some jobs that not too many other women were doing at that point. But I think the most pivotal moments in my life were when I became a mother of a son & a daughter & later a grandmother of wonderful grandchildren.
Feb 11, 2012 5:45 pm
The most pivotal moment can when I left my secure job as a software architect and moved to a foreign country (China). This was a huge move for us but it's been filled with wonderful experiences and rewards (a few challenges too!). That was a year ago. It looks like we might just stay for a while.
Feb 11, 2012 7:06 pm
The turn in my life was joining the Fire Dept. (Detroit) in the mid 60's. A very rewarding career, exciting, sometimes sad. Learning to love life, cherish the moment of helping another .I have been retired for over 20 years, yet I still miss the rush. I would help a person in a second. I thank the Good Lord daily for giving me the chance. DD
Feb 11, 2012 9:39 pm
I, had a wife, 3 kids,a dog & lived in the suburbs. I, was a salesman on a 2 week road trip.. And remember after only a few days, being the most home sick I ever was! Then the thought came, if I returned home the following would happen: The dog Yippie, would great me & excitedly piss on the floor, the kids would sort of notice I was homesay Hi & be on their way. & my,EX would say something like: your not even home a minute & you made a mess with your bags.
So I decided to continue the trip. Having one of the most successful I, can remember. Two weeks later, the afore mention scenario took place with the exception, my ex. greeted me and asked for a divorce. I said O.K. (it was time) a few weeks later I got a job offer to move to another state & she also had plans to move. We had a friendly divorce & still remain friends. It worked out well for both of us. BK
Feb 12, 2012 9:03 am
My pivotal moment came when I was about 25, still living at home and doing the student thing, and my mother threw my boyfriend out on Christmas Eve. He hadn't done anything horrible, he just didn't have anywhere else to go (his car broke down on his way out of town to visit his relatives), so I invited him over to my family's place. Big mistake. Mom FLIPPED, screaming about how Christmas was all about family, and he wasn't family, and so she wanted him OUT. I realized that a) I should have moved out years ago, and b) my relationship with her was never going to be the same again.
Feb 17, 2012 12:21 pm
My life has never been the same since the day my daughter was born. From that day on life was no longer about me. She just left for college a few days ago, but she is still my baby.
Aug 29, 2012 12:33 am
when i decided it was time for different result.. for a brand new ME, a deep heartache can often lead to that. I left the lazy, asthmatic and passive Lady Beth behind; I decide to join fun runs and after a year i crossed the finish line of my first marathon, met True Love along the way too and getting married soon. :)
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