Amanda Burgess is a Toronto-based advertising executive, freelance writer and blogger whose bags are always packed for her next adventure. She believes that life’s best and bravest adventures are, in fact, misadventures – the wrong turns, detours and roadblocks that lead to transcendent experiences. She and her small tribe of intrepid explorers walk the road less travelled, exploring far-flung corners of the earth, living like locals and expanding their own worldview.
My mother-in-law Sharyn Mandel was a fierce and fiery force in this world. A passionate educator, her life's purpose was teaching. She had a particular interest in developing the minds of young girls, and fostering their independent spirits. Upon her passing, we discovered that she intended for us to make her often-talked-about dream of founding a school in a developing country a reality.
In retrospect, I can say that on some level, I saw what was happening to me. I was just truly powerless to stop it. That's not to say I wasn't in control. No, each hunger pang I endured proved I was in control. Each starving hour that passed between four o'clock and bedtime made me feel focused, disciplined. It was all the fuel I needed to resist another meal. The truth is, anorexics feel a lack of control in their lives, so they take control of one aspect -- food. Alas, this illusion of control can only last so long.
10/14/2016 01:59 EDT
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