Well, here we are once more. Welcome to the fifth leg of this tumultuous journey we are navigating together.
It was quite a surprise to find myself immersed into the middle of this group after the torment of last season, but time is quite a healer, and as the saying goes, it's not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up that counts. Courage in the face of adversity will serve you well. It had been a demanding few months with the opening of Pump, and I had enjoyed the respite of being away from the group and had time to lick my wounds, but I was happy and fulfilled working away.
Many months had passed, Kyle reached out, and after much discussion, I decided to go into the ring once more. Kyle had invited me to dinner, and I skipped out without informing Ken, as he would have discouraged me from entertaining any notion that I could be with these women again.
Kyle and I have always had a bond and many have tried to sever that, trying to divide and conquer. We have had a multitude of shenanigans and giggles late into the night, always sparring and enjoying each other's company, but things have sometimes been more complicated and often resulted in many misunderstandings.
She had invited us to her yearly White Party, so I accepted, only too well aware that the possibility of encountering Miss Glanville and her minions was rather likely, but never mind. I knew this was an inevitable situation and one I was prepared to deal with, but in the most dismissive way I could, without being offensive.To acknowledge her was all I was willing to offer, really. The relationship with her had been an experience that I could never forget and would never comprehend, so to be civil in a group setting was all I could muster.
Yolanda and I had lunch a few days prior. Kim had called me, and I had spoken to her after so many months had passed, and I felt that all were eager to cleanse ourselves of the negativity and start afresh. If only we could rewrite history, pull the pages from the book that had ended so horribly, I am sure we would, but life isn't that generous. We have to live with our choices and enter into the next chapter forewarned and forearmed.
So here we go, off to the races, and trust me it is an exciting ride, abundant with complicated dynamics, but most definitely sprinkled with laughter and the rebirth of old friendships and then, unfortunately, the dissolution of existing ones. I do believe you will really enjoy getting to know our two new cast members Lisa and Eileen. Lisa I have known for some years, and Eileen I have only recently met, but I welcome them to what can be an incredible experience, albeit at times a challenging one. So on that note I thank you for the huge amount of support I have received, the constructive comments, and most importantly, the love that so many of you have been so vocal in sharing.
I had a wonderful season that I doubted and resisted, and I look forward to sharing it with you.