I’d like to say that I lost my voice (no, not the audible one, but rather my inner writer’s voice) and that’s why I haven’t blogged for almost 3 years, but the truth is that it’s been a dark period of inner and outer struggle and I thought it best not to publish those raw feelings here. My thinking at the time was that writing them might scare people away from making aliyah, and that it would be better to blog about them in retrospect when I would have gained a healthier perspective on the trials I was struggling through.
Six months ago I would not have been able to muster up feelings of pride for the IDF when watching this video, but tonight it brings me joy and I just have to share it with you.
Maybe this is a good time to pick up where I left off years ago. Journaling is my outlet for reducing stress and as a result, I have hundreds of pages that I will try to reduce to coherent blog posts in the coming months in hopes that I can help other parents prepare for (and cope with) their children’s IDF experiences (don’t worry, it’s not all bad).
In addition to military service, I’ll share our experiences navigating the healthcare system in hopes that someone out there will benefit from my struggles and the things I learned about the differences between American and Israeli healthcare systems and how to get what you need here (it’s taken me 12 years to finally figure it out!).
But, before I start blogging again I need to hear from you – is anyone out there still following this blog? And if so, do you want to read about the military and healthcare aspects of life in Israel? If so, please add a comment below.