But recently I have had the opportunity to connect with a couple of women online who most would consider famous. First with Soleil Moon Frye. After I began writing for her website, I became interested in getting to know more about her and read her book.
And lately, I have been following the preparations for the upcoming Ricki Lake Show on Facebook and Twitter. I joined the Friends of Ricki community. They are doing some really fabulous, interesting, ground-breaking stuff online, and it's been fun to be part of.
So of course when I found out Ricki had a new book, I immediately purchased it.
The first thing that struck me when I began Never Say Never: Finding a Life That Fits was how vulnerable Ricki was willing to be. She impresses me as being very authentic. And I am attracted to that kind of person.
She openly shares the agony of being sexually abused as a young girl. Her lifelong struggles with weight. The pain of divorce. And a complicated and soul-searching journey to finding true unconditional love.
Through it all she shares behind-the-scenes details of her professional life, which those who have followed her career should find fascinating. Me? I was interested in the details of her life off the camera.
I found I had a great deal in common with Ricki. Her passion for birth options is absolutely in line with my work with The Mom Pledge. After reading the book, I watched her documentary The Business of Being Born for the first time.
And today, at 43 years old, Ricki and I are both in the best place we have ever been in our lives. We have found the life that fits us. It may have taken us a while, but now that we're here we're loving every minute of it.
It really is true what "they" warn, you should never say never. I got married at 38. Became a mother at 40. Then chose to be something I had never dreamed of, a stay-at-home mom. Now I'm indulging my passion for writing.
If I had said, "never" at any point along my path, who knows where I would be? It certainly wouldn't be as great as the place I find my life in at this very moment.