Over many years, I have read stories about other people’s lives and the way they have triumphed over adversity. This story is about the obstacles I have faced. I walked out on a marriage when my daughter was only ten months old, and I survived. I married again and stayed in that partnership until it was almost time for us to retire, and then I realised that we had such different ideas about retirement that I could no longer stay in that relationship. Again I left, but by then, I was sixty years old and had to start my life over again as a single senior person whose friends and family took sides. I was financially compromised, but I knew I would be able to redesign my life as I have an inbuilt resilience, as many women do. For the first time in my life, I am living in a rented unit and sharing with another female who has also left relationships behind her. A female cat makes up this happy trio.