Living My Dream
by Emily Feinstein
One sentence. That’s all it took to change my life. It was April 2007 and I was sitting in my childhood bedroom sorting through papers from my old desk. My mom had asked me to do some organizing while I was home nursing a broken heart. My relationship of three and a half years had just ended and I turned to the comfort of my parents’ arms.
Before returning home, I was living with him in a suburb of Dallas and working as a reporter for a community newspaper. I thought I had everything; a career that kept me challenged and a man I planned to marry. Little did I know my world was about to turn upside down.
One night I came home after covering a city council meeting to find him sitting on our bed with a look of shame in his eyes. He broke the news that he had cheated on me with an old girlfriend the week before and that he was no longer happy in our relationship. It was the classic it’s not you, it’s me spiel and in seconds, my happy life was shattered.