I'll never forget the moment I first saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the overwhelming, knee-buckling, tear-inducing torrent of emotion that was released from deep inside me.
It was at this moment that I realised I could finally forgive him for everything. I forgave the leaving, I forgave the cheating, I forgave the lies and the deception and the pain that was caused. All of it simply forgiven in a heartbeat.
Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time - a sight I had waited twenty-one years to see with my own eyes - made me realise that this moment was worth more than any house, any financial settlement, anything in the world.
It was priceless.
As I drank in this incredible sight, tears dripping down my face, I felt a hard lump of emotion rise in my throat that couldn't be choked back. With each deliciously happy tear, the forgiveness flowed forward and out of me.
This one magical point in time was worth every night I spent crying, screaming, shaking on the floor.
Every moment my heart broke, over and over again.
Every second I lived in tremendous pain and loss.
It was all worth it just for this moment. And I forgive him, over and over...