I imagine my life as a script by Woody Allen, who says in Annie Hall that a relationship is like a shark, it has to move forward or it dies. I love that line. Here I am, moving forward. Here I am, not dead.
Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoirs The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press 2013) and Miss New York Has Everything (Hatchette 2006), as well as the poetry collection SPOT THE TERRORIST (Turning Point 2012). She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband/writer Dave Newman and their two children. Her website is ljwritesbooks.com.