A little over a month ago, I had my heart broken. It was far from the first time, and I'm certain it won't be the last. What made this particular time special is I didn't see it coming, and that hasn't happened since the first time.
I'm way beyond that demographic for HBO's "Girls," but I'm admittedly gripped by nostalgia much of the time...I went through some trials and tribulations of my own when I was 20-something and living in the Big Apple. I ended up watching every episode and was forlorn after the season finale.
Who am I to think that my novel is good enough to be published? Am I now as pathetic as those street poets I used to see in Berkeley, peddling their sappy, mistake-laden chapbooks for a dollar a copy? And how the hell does a writer act as her own publicist?
Before you jump at the chance for a midlife 'do-over,' you may want to consider these three essential psychological components to determine your readiness to take on major transformations at this stage of life.
Travel can be distilled so that it becomes all highlights, all the time—but then you lose the unspectacular details like the grit of the road you shake out of your suitcase before returning it to the attic.