It’s nearly two weeks since a fire raged through my home. While I’m grateful that everyone is safe, I’m now going through the process of de-cluttering — both physically and emotionally!
Once I got through the fire itself — and all of the adrenaline that came with it — I realised that I am dealing with a million different emotions. Sometimes, I don’t know if I’m coming or going. Lately, life has felt kind of like standing at a train station. I’m waiting to board, but the train never even slows down!
One of the hardest things I’ve had to do is get back to work. I got so used to sitting in the chair in my bedroom and looking out to sea while I wrote. In that little corner of the world, I knew where everything was. Over the past two weeks, though, I’ve had to write in different places — but none of them feel “right”. It’s like the fire created a haze over my entire life!
I can tell that my dogs feel just as hazy as I do. They follow me around, and I don’t think they’re comfortable being alone just yet. I have to admit that I feel the same way!
Luckily, I’ve got plenty of friends and family who have provided me with great support. I never thought I would be able to laugh at a time like this, but my support system has shown me that laughter really IS the best medicine! In fact, my friends and family are the one positive in all of this. They’ve given me the courage to truly believe the old saying, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”
Of course, now I can use this experience to create a really great fire scene in my next book! Talk about trying to see the positives, right?!