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  1. Val in Real Life
    October 13, 2013

    I think letting go may be the single hardest life lesson to learn. And letting go of relationships? Exceedingly difficult. The peace that comes with finally doing it is not something easily articulated but you once again nail the message. Mad love Talon. Cheers!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 14, 2013

      Thanks, Val. Yes, relationships are so much harder. And sometimes the most liberating in the end.

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      • Val in Real Life
        October 16, 2013

        Oh so true. I’ve done the walking-away-after-25-years thing. Liberating doesn’t even begin to cover it! 😉

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  2. Donna McNicol
    October 5, 2013

    There’s only one thing I can say….You are my hero!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 7, 2013

      Thanks, Donna, but I don’t feel like I’ve done anything to warrant such an honorific.

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  3. Iain Mallory
    October 5, 2013

    You have an amazingly brave, moving and inspiring story, it takes courage to share such a painful, and personal decision. I applaud your courage, thank you for sharing and providing reasons to reassess some much easier decisions we’ve all probably made, putting them into context.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 7, 2013

      Thanks, Iain.

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  4. Anna
    October 5, 2013

    You are courageous !

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 7, 2013

      Thanks

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  5. Melanie Murrish
    October 5, 2013

    Is there anything life hasn’t thrown at you Talon? Really thought provoking post, and judging by your life now (that I obviously only know through your blogs) you most definately made the right decision……apart from letting Tigger continue to were that bloody balaclava! 😉

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 7, 2013

      I’ve definitely had my share of experiences. 😉

      I definitely wouldn’t mind if he lost that thing. lol

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  6. Michele
    October 5, 2013

    Letting go is sometime the hardest thing we as humans can do. We feel we did not try hard enough or it is something we did when ultimately it may not be.
    I hope you are finding peace in wherever your journey continues to take you.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 5, 2013

      Thanks, Michele. I have peace because I made sure I did everything absolutely possible to avoid making that decision. Thankfully, I don’t have second thoughts.

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  7. Jenni
    October 5, 2013

    Thank you for continually sharing your struggles and your awakenings in such an honest manner. You are an incredible human being who always seems to write a beautiful piece that speaks to my soul, just when I need it most. Thank you.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 5, 2013

      I’m glad it reached you at a time when you needed it. Thank you for your kind words!

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  8. Shawn
    October 5, 2013

    Exquisite timing and thank you for sharing this. Every once in awhile over the last week or so this part of your story would pop into my head and I’ve been wondering how you’ve been in regard to the situation. And, wouldn’t you know, the “letting go” is something with which I am currently dealing, as I begin the process with(out) a family member ;~). Life rocks, usually.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 5, 2013

      Glad it came at a good time for you! I’ve done well. His behaviors and choices have continued to confirm my decision was correct. And the lesson in letting go has obviously been a great one for me.

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  9. Patti
    October 5, 2013

    Letting go is difficult – no matter what the situation, whether it be as a parent, a sibling, a spouse, yourself… the list goes on. About 1 1/2 years ago I made the decision to let go of a couple of members of my family and it was very difficult, something that did not come easy and something I knew would be misunderstood and attacked from the other side. But… when it came right down to it, I knew I had to walk away because the weight of carrying around that emotional baggage for SO many years was exhausting and dragging me down. And I had to believe in my heart that it was best for the other side as well – even though they would place blame.

    So, while I can’t understand what you went through as a parent and those difficult decisions, I can empathize with the process and I applaud your courage.

    You know I “heart” you!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 5, 2013

      Letting go of people can be so tough. Sometimes you definitely have to decide on your own happiness and peace above a relationship or something else. The more I’ve practiced stepping out of the way of things and letting them unfold the happier and less stressed I am.

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  10. Henry | @fotoeins
    October 4, 2013

    That’s an incredible story, Talon; thank you for sharing and for your honesty.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 5, 2013

      Thank you! I hope it helps someone else.

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  11. Freya
    October 4, 2013

    I am crying now, you are so brave that must have been an incredible difficult decision and here I am worrying about the little issues in life … I feel ashamed. Very touching post.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 5, 2013

      Thank you. It was definitely one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. However, since then I have seen several confirmations I did the right thing which helps.

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  12. Rhonda @Laugh Quotes
    October 4, 2013

    I want to crawl into the computer and give you a super hug. Thanks for sharing your story, I am sure it will help a lot of people to read it. You are so brave, both in your decisions and in sharing them.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 5, 2013

      Thanks, Rhonda!

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  13. Melissa
    October 4, 2013

    Oh, Talon. I cry because I know what it’s like to feel so trapped and the pain it causes. I know how hard it is to finally say, “Fine. Do it your way”. In the end you’re right, it let’s you move on. I’m sure you have times when you re-visit what happened and the pain creeps back. You did a brave thing. Now you are a stronger parent for Tigger! Love and peace to you!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 5, 2013

      One of the reasons I held on so long was I wanted to be able to say I did absolutely everything I could. I definitely know that to be true, so thankfully I don’t really have any second guessing. Although things could’ve been a bit easier for myself if I had learned to let go earlier. Would’ve spared me some additional pain with fighting the caseworker and lawyer so hard.

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  14. Anne
    October 4, 2013

    I can totally relate to being in my own way. Definitely until I was at least 35! I know that once you “get it” it becomes a little easier each time you are up against something. Hopefully that’s the case for you. 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 5, 2013

      It definitely is. Just like with anything else, the more practice you get at it the more natural it becomes.

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