She inspired me to think of my life in a new way.
I always thought I ‘seized the day,’ doing what I wanted to do, not what I thought I should do. I was wrong. Breaking my back taught me the power social and personal expectations had over my choices, and that life is too short to be unhappy.
Ten years after I made my initial no-babies-ever-under-any-circumstances declaration, I’m perusing baby name books and painting my guest bedroom a shade of pastel periwinkle.