I am a mother of three who is studying at the moment to become a social worker. I have been with my fiance for 18 years and we hope to get married in two (finally). Okay so you may be wondering how my kids led me back to Pride and Prejudice. Well, four years ago my youngest was born with Downs syndrome and we were totally unaware until the day she was born. That night in the hospital I had my own Elizabeth Bennet "Till this moment, I never knew myself". That night and through the following months I went places in my soul I never knew existed. At times I was unsure whether I would make it back, but it laid the foundations for a Life I never knew was possible. Hey we all hear those stories where something life changing happens to someone and they see the world through different eyes. Usually it arises through some tragedy and although you don't wish for the same you yearn to have that light bulb moment that will be the catalyst that starts you on the real journey of life.
My daughters disability is by no means a tragedy but it was certainly life changing. It brought me friends I could never have imagined knowing before. I met wonderful families that I am so grateful to have had the pleasure to know. It gave me the courage to finally embark on my journey to become a social worker. It was the start I needed to enjoy life more and finally overcome my struggles with a new perspective. I started taking the life I had been given seriously, trying to appreciate every minute. Looking for the lesson within every encounter, for the advantage of a better life.
My children bought me a Kindle for Mother's day and as I had so many books on the shelf unread it stayed in the box for nearly a year; until I started college and thought it would be useful. As Jane Austen is my favorite author I immediately added her collection to it. I began reading Pride and Prejudice again and enjoyed the escapism it provided, enabling me to come back to reality renewed and ready to tackle what life would throw at me next. During this time I stumbled upon the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary challenge 2013 which was celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's novel. I signed up for the challenge which was to read or watch anything related to Pride and Prejudice between Jan to Dec. It was what made me start this blog as it was preferable if you had one. In the process I rediscovered my love of reading, I hadn't been a consistent reader since childhood and this new hobby has given me so much joy. Pride and Prejudice had me looking at my own life more closely. I started to try and incorporate it values and lessons into my own life and for the first time I really started to see why the book was my all time favorite. I would like to thank my fiance and children for the Kindle (they have since bought me another) and although I think they secretly regret it (it is now the 7th member of our household after the dog!) I love them for it, because their thoughtful gift led me back to Pride and Prejudice!