Libbie the Lobster

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A Year in the Life of Marybeth


Every year about this time, I become introspective. No matter what I busy myself with, the thoughts intrude and feelings are stirred up. But never before has it seemed more important to give a voice to my ruminations. Perhaps it is my age. This year I became 63 years old. I am wiser now I think, and as I look back I understand how every experience, every choice I have ever made has led to who I am in this moment.Β find_create_yourself

All of my experiences over these many years have been characterized by extremes. Raised by wonderful parents in an upper class suburb in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, educated in private schools, a high school drop out, a hippie and a rebel, married at age 17 and a mother at the same time, divorced, an addict on the streets of Center City and a life in the underworld, entered recovery at age 37, college and a master of arts degree, a career and a relationship, physical illness–close to death, loss of freedom, freedom gained, health renewed, and more.1977158_642036509247493_9030602463521013173_n These are the things I brought with me to 2014. To have lived though it all is a gift. To have the drive to survive is my nature. This year saw me 27 years in recovery, 19 years cigarette free, 2 years vegan, and 4 months cured of Hepatitis C. And in this year, I suffered with ill-health, extreme depression and some of the best, most exciting moments of my life when a new adventure as an author began, all because I laid eyes on a rare yellow lobster.

I realize that I see things differently these days. My life is simpler now and my mind is peaceful because I no longer have the incessant need to understand deep existential matters. I think that for the first time I have an understanding of what contentment is.

I was supposed to write! Everything in my life has led to this one thing! My experiences and my interpretation of them pour from my very being to tell a story. This will be my legacy. I will leave something of me behind and others who find my writings will perhaps know they are not alone.

A quote from my beloved son, David, sums up this year for me. He said, “I bet it wasn’t that long ago that you thought you’d never even see 2014, and now look how amazing it’s been for you. That suggests near-limitless possibilities for 2015.”

I look forward to it!



Author: Libbie The Lobster

I am a writer and a co-author of the children's book, Saving Libbie the Lobster, with Heather Chalmers. Our story is based on the true adventure of how we rescued a rare yellow lobster from our local supermarket.

6 thoughts on “A Year in the Life of Marybeth

  1. I love you, woman. Write your heart out. The whole world will listen. And, you’re right. When we reach a ‘certain age’, we realize what is essential in our lives, and what isn’t. Inner peace, quietude, reflection, and learning what it is that we wish to leave behind — these things take the forefront. We realize that the road ahead is getting short. We don’t have time to waste. It’s time for us to get acquainted with our own needs. I’ve been a writer all my life, but my writing dreams didn’t come true until I turned 62. I’m where I belong, at last. Writers who are, for one reason or another, unable to write, are very frustrated people. You and I are free to write now. That’s what contentment is for us. Two old writers have finally made it home.

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    • You never cease to amaze me Rebecca. You said exactly what I was trying to say. I do have a strong sense that time is short. I have been wanting to tell people how much I love them and what they have meant to me as if the end is closer than I think. When I am signing books personally to children, I encourage them to always follow their dreams. It is difficult to impart to anyone what I know today even in my writing but I have a strong urge to do just that.
      I love to too, Becky. I finally have someone in my life who really gets me, who is on the same page in life. I am so glad we have met (even though it’s only in cyber-world).

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  2. Yay! Snowflakes. I was a hippie mascot, emancipated at fifteen. Disabled at fifty. ” I have been wanting to tell people how much I love them and what they have meant to me as if the end is closer than I think.” I feel that every day. I have just recently met you, but I want you to know what an inspiration you are to me. πŸ™‚


  3. Wow! Thanks Susan! Me? An inspiration? Wow! And I feel the same way about you. I love how you write. Authors who are good at what they do impress me. Plus you are such a nice and supportive person too. I’m glad we have met. πŸ˜€
    And you are too young to have even been a hippie mascot. Lol


  4. Just so happy for you, L. Good for you. Keep shining.


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