Finding Jim: In Sue’s Own Words


[dropcap]I[/dropcap] feel we learn more about each other through our vulnerabilities than through our strengths.  In the wilderness I always have felt my weaknesses, my vulnerabilities, and that I think helped me to open my heart, and to create a relationship with Jim that was with my whole heart, and not just the strong parts of me . . . . And when he died everything fell away.

Everyone faces adversity in life, but from that point forward my life shattered. It was a time of rebuilding for me, but first it was a time of absolute shock and survival.

I think that writing Finding Jim was a way of trying to regain a purpose in life, it felt like life had lost meaning, or the meaning that I had given to it before, and I needed something else. This was me at my most vulnerable.

When Finding Jim was initally released, there was quite a bit of euphoria, but a few days later I had what I call “revealer’s remorse” or maybe a “vulnerability hangover” where I thought: “Oh my goodness, what have I done?” because it’s quite a personal story.