Lake City, FL –Everything we do in our life is our choice. How you perceive those choices determines your happiness. If we can’t come to terms with the choices we’ve made, we can’t find peace of mind.
A self-described work in progress, Janet Horton is the author of Me, Myself and I Surviving, a pictorial journey through her remarkable life with descriptions as well as thoughts culled from her journal. First published in 2010, Me, Myself and I Surviving is the result of Horton’s trip around the world, a desperate act of survival.
“I’d gone my whole life up until writing this book believing I’d accomplished nothing,” says Horton. “When I sat down to write this book, I came to terms with all the things I had accomplished and learned I had really come a long way from where I started."
Raised in a dysfunctional family, by the time Horton was eight years old she was caring for her two baby siblings, keeping a house for six people, cooking meals and doing laundry. Everything a wife or mother normally does fell to Horton.
“I was born an old woman,” recalls Horton. “It wasn’t my burden to bear. I never had a chance to grow up. I never had a chance to learn. I didn’t even know who I was."
Tragedy struck in July 1991 when a car accident left Horton severely injured. Destined for a long-term care facility, Horton booked herself an around-the-world plane ticket. That trip provided the foundation for her catharsis. She’d faced death; whatever else life might throw her way had to be easy.
“When I traveled around the world, that’s when I started healing. I kept a daily journal of my frustrations and aggravations, the things that made me happy, made me cry,” says Horton. “You get to go on that trip with me and experience what I went through.”
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