Memoir #2 – Work-In-Progress

Author’s Note

In this memoir, I chart a different course for single young women. Mine is the lesser-told story of a 47-year-old woman who does not need marriage or children to be happy. Most of my friends follow more traditional paths. I know many wonderful couples with beautiful children. They have dated, found love, and are nurturing long-term relationships daily. They give their all to raising good kids and to their marriage. From the outside, their lives look perfect and meaningful, but I have learned that despite all they have, some of them privately envy mine. I’m not suggesting my path is better than theirs, but I’m living proof that a woman can live a fulfilling life not doing what’s most accepted and therefore generally thought of as the ideal. There’s more than one right way to go through life. 

Throughout this story and out of respect for the privacy of my girlfriends, they are collectively called “Rachel;” their husbands and my male friends appear as “Michael.” Stories about the actual men I’ve dated have been altered, combined, or condensed and I used no real names.