I'm so glad people are enjoying these as I am definitely doing the same. Thank you for continuing to read and comment.
This reminded me a bit of the movie Living Out Loud. Great movie about a woman who had lost a lot - love, security, etc - and her life - living in her head instead of out loud. She pretended her way through life. In the end, she figures out how to live out loud. Just like this - not pretending, without depending, without defending and without offending. Good stuff. (Oh and the soundtrack to this movie is FABULOUS!)
Don't forget the people who created this spark when you got to know them. It's easy to seek out the new spark elsewhere, but don't forget that adventures don't end unless the people involved cease to have them.
Don't forget this as it is very true. Those talking about their misery are not the ones you need to worry about - you need to worry about the ones not talking about it.
AMEN! Can't change the past, only learn from it and use that going forward.