On Making Meaning Out of Life

I was a great meaning maker for most of my life. I could make beautiful meaning from my traumas. I had a gift for taking the worst of what happened to me and transforming it by creating something beautiful for others. I was a teen mom so I co-founded a home for teen mothers. I was a rape survivor so I helped organize Take Back the Night on campus. I was a welfare mom so I managed a welfare-to-work job training center and filled it with love. And I’ve been writing publicly about my journey for 20 years.

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