I’m not dying or anything….is the line I have been using whenever I am asked recently if I am ok. This response either catches people off guard, relieves their worry or with some of my closest friends make them laugh, with either relief or nerves.
This response in turn gives me the chance to breath, pause, maybe even laugh along, collect myself (read hold back the stray tear), and mentally prepare myself for what comes next. – ‘The News’.
It also gives people who genuinely didn’t want to know the answer to the question in the first place, the time to move on.
You see if you know me, you will know that I’m a pretty open person, so have no qualms sharing what I am going through and have decided that this time if I am asked how I am or if I am ok that I am going to answer back honestly. When I was back home on holiday in New Zealand recently, I was blown away by the amount of personal information I was given from the hairdresser and the insanely personal questions I was asked by the ‘checkout chick’, so maybe it’s a Kiwi thing.
Where ever it originates from it’s an Amy thing, so if by sharing my story here I can help people who are in the same situation as me, people going through something similar, or people who just want to be educated or better understand, then I’m willing to lay it all out here -warts, tears, cross roads, frustrations, decisions, celebrations and all.