Yosemite National Park

You Don’t Say: Letting go is harder than I thought

After 18 months of working to settle my deceased partner’s estate and dealing with the baggage that comes with such a loss, this spring I decided I was ready for some serious changes in my life.

Now, I have never had any kind of bucket list, having already done a fair amount of travel in my life. I also vehemently eschew any type of activity which one could consider “extreme” — such as jumping off cliffs in a wingsuit or free-climbing the face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Over the years, I’ve done remarkably well avoiding accidents, and all those extreme pursuits have long struck me as accidents waiting to happen. No thank you. So you’ll understand why, at first, I wasn’t...