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After having hip surgery in 2006, I didn’t want to tutor at the college anymore. I wanted to stay home. I hadn’t fully recovered my energy or strength and going to work every day tired me out. I hadn’t regained my mobility, either, and now needed more help going places. So, I quit. Although it wasn’t much, my disability check each month covered the bills, but I still needed to do something with my free time. Sitting around, surfing the Internet and watching TV got old quickly. Now what am I going to do? This point in time became an important transition in my life. My search for a new life helped me discover my hidden strengths and talents. I learned that I had a creative streak that, because I was in ‟survival mode”, I had suppressed for many years. I had always loved painting, especially watercolors, but hadn’t painted for years. I decided to paint, again. I enjoyed it, but I realized that I didn’t want to do it every day.