The photo accompanying this post is of a road I travel every year – a road near a place of many memories. This snapshot might imply the following: the climate is warm, the terrain is gentle, and the area is peaceful. At times, all of these things are true. In fact, if I ended my post here, you could believe that I have access to a secluded paradise.
What if I told you more? Things like:
- I experienced frostbite after walking this road during winter.
- This road is only accessed after first ascending one of Nova Scotia’s mountains.
- Fire and unimaginable tragedy have happened along this road.
Your story is yours to reveal (or not). In the short memoir “An Unexpected Gift,” I share how scars can remind us of how we have been spared rather than how we have been wronged. The road in this photo is no less beautiful to me because difficult memories intertwine with happy ones. In fact, this peaceful sunny day means more because of the bittersweetness.