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Monday, July 18, 2005

Fifth Question

Describe one thing in your life that was totally unexpected and how it changed you.

26 Comments:

  • At 2:52 PM, Blogger Bent Fabric said…

    Kissing a woman. I discovered my true self.

     
  • At 3:48 PM, Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said…

    9/11. It was an unexpected event for all of us. It changed me profoundly in ways that I never could imagine.

     
  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger Hugo said…

    The birth of my son (ok ok - the actual *birth* was expected - the conception was unplanned). I've grown in so many ways, been stretched to my breaking points and beyond in patience, compassion, love, pride, fear, joy, etc.

    I recommend parenthood for everyone who has a willing heart, an open mind, and a willingness to laugh and learn!

    Blessings & Peace,
    hugo

     
  • At 4:47 PM, Blogger SassyFemme said…

    Falling in love with a woman. It was like coming home to a warm roaring fire with hot chocolate and a comfy cuddly blanket on a cold snowy day. Just wrapped up in the warmth and love of an inner spiritual discovery of "home".

     
  • At 6:03 PM, Blogger scribble said…

    meeting my spouse Jan when I was actually supposed to be meeting someone else that day for the first time.
    I barely looked at my would be date once Jan walked into my house.
    I was forever changed for the better.

     
  • At 7:42 PM, Blogger RED QUILT MAKER said…

    Mary Goetze taking me to a book store in KCMO and buying me my first book, any book I wanted. In Cold Blood, because "it" happened close by.
    Mary Goetze gave me books. I am forever in her debt.

     
  • At 10:18 PM, Blogger I n g e r said…

    I never dreamed that I'd be a single mother--an unimaginable demographic in my family: a clear stamp of failure, and a huge embarrassment to my parents. My kids saved me from a life of worrying about what other people think. I swear. But more than that: my choice opened the door to a whole range of other alternative choices among my siblings. Makes me kind of proud, actually.

     
  • At 11:20 PM, Blogger HappyKap said…

    Letting go and giving in to a feeling. It still hasn't paid off, but the journey has been reward enough.

     
  • At 1:07 AM, Blogger AKH said…

    My uncle's unexpected death, led me to spend a year in Germany. That year was life changing in many ways, but one of the unexpected outcomes was that I started to get into and following politics. Now it is a new passion of mine. It's amazing what a year without TV and just books will do for you.

     
  • At 2:25 AM, Blogger Jon-Marc said…

    9/11. Lost 4 friends.

    Also when I came out in a very public way to the media

     
  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger LeaLea said…

    Becoming a mom changed my life and the way I looked at things..

     
  • At 9:47 AM, Blogger sttropezbutler said…

    Meeting George Guim who introduced me to PMO who introduced me to TOD who introduced me to myself.

     
  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger Sublime said…

    Becoming pregnant and having a child was one of the last things on earth I thought I would do. I never really cared for kids, and had no desire to have one of my own. Yet, when it happened, I couldn't think of any possible acceptable outcome except to have the child. It happened at a very irresponsible time in my life, which now I understand was actually the perfect time in my life [for it to happen]. The pregnancy forced me to clean myself up and get my act together. In some ways, I owe my life to my son, just as much as he owe's his to me.

     
  • At 10:57 AM, Blogger Irish15 said…

    Being a Mother. If you would of asked me 10 years ago about having children the answer would have been hell no. Now knowing that little parts of me are in both of them...it is the greatest feeling in the world. Also 9/11, never forget.

     
  • At 12:53 PM, Anonymous milton2257 said…

    Most unexpected: Knockin' up the Mad Russian. It made/forced me to grow up and get a real job

     
  • At 1:38 AM, Blogger Ace of Spades said…

    Seeing my true love for the first time. I discovered that I am a lesbian.

     
  • At 12:04 PM, Blogger sunray said…

    Living in fire zone in Oakland, California. The quick uncertainty and hot danger of the moment, the waiting period to know if you still had a home, and the total loss of control prompted some profound changes in how I look at the world and relate to others in it.

     
  • At 5:16 PM, Blogger Julie Julie Bo Boolie said…

    Meeting the love of my life in a chat room. Went from being alone and lonely to loved and cherished.

    Julie

     
  • At 5:35 PM, Blogger sdk said…

    My mother was murdered. And, it caused me to grow up in a great big hurry. I was 21

    sdk

     
  • At 10:13 AM, Blogger Toady Joe said…

    Finding out (too late) that if I'd tried just a little harder, I could have had what I wanted. I thought I was doing the right thing by not pushing too hard... *kicks self*

    Changed me because I've since learned to SPEAK MY FRICKEN MIND. If I want something, I need to be explicit about asking for what I want, and not assume that the person with the power to grant my wish knows that I want it and exactly how much.

     
  • At 6:58 PM, Blogger Kat said…

    Having my daughter. She was totally unexpected and unplanned and I thought we were thouroughly unprepared. But she has just brought so much to both my husband and I's lives. We have gotten our act together, grown closer to each other. More than anything I think she just really put the world and my place in it into complete perspective. She really brought me closer to my parents, one of the first thoughts when I held her was "Oh God, my parents feel like this about me, woah do I have some apologizing to do!". She has made me more of an activist, because it just doesn't make sense to be fatalistic about the course of the planet and humanity when I have her to see living here and her kids long after I am gone. I can't really think of a way she hasn't changed me...has definitely taken away my free time!
    Kathy

     
  • At 5:57 AM, Blogger Qivan said…

    The Aids pandemic.

     
  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger Gatsu said…

    Meeting my present girlfriend (future wife if I am lucky), she makes me smile... very rare anyone can do that.

     
  • At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Phreddd said…

    The first time I touched a Macintosh computer. I was already in college 250 miles from home, but I knew this would be what eventually could widen my world even more.

     
  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger crappyjazz said…

    finding out (or finally figuring out) i was gay

     
  • At 2:48 AM, Anonymous Kemmek said…

    Ending a 21 year relationship (gay) and being able to stay friends afterwards (only happened 8 weeks ago). In my family every breakup has been nasty nasty nasty.
    I am so happy to have learnt that I can transcend the bitterness of the rest of the family.
    Karl

     

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