Today I went to the Japan Festival in Hermann Park.
There were more kids dressed in cosplay costumes than I saw in the Harajuku district in Toyko. Cosplay is dressing up like characters in a Japanese video game. There were lots of Japanese people there, too. I got to use a few of my Japanese expressions with them.
Last time I went to this festival I was with my ex-husband. He was still sweet then - it must have been 2009 or 2010. When he first got injured I kept remembering all the things we had done together. I didn't think I would ever be able to revisit any of these restaurants, stores or parks again because it would be too painful.
But, he treated me so brutally (emotionally) the last year or so that we were married that I now can go anywhere I want totally pain free. I remember our times together but it just doesn't affect me anymore. That is a very good thing because I am a social critter and I crave being with people and participating in life.
I make plans for every weekend and I go out and enjoy myself. It would be nice to have a special someone to do things with but it isn't necessary. I had lots of practice being on my own during 2011 and 2012. It took some adjustment but now it presents no problem. I feel so "grown up" when I go to a movie or to a restaurant all by myself.