Title

An Unchosen Life

Date of Award

12-1-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Michael Henry

Keywords

divorce; family; gay; growth; independence; marriage; memoir; running; self-discovery

Abstract

This memoir followed my life during a period of intense change. When my husband announced he was gay, I was forced out of a comfortable existence and entered a depressed state, following the archetypal hero's journey. With great trepidation, I examined my reasons for living. In my darkest hours, I discovered the therapeutic power of running. I survived many ordeals and was resurrected as a stronger, happier woman. Finally, as I searched for a missing hiker in a rugged wilderness area, I learned that contentment must come from within.

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