Megan Golwitzer: A Year Later

Portrait of middle aged woman holding Ukranian flag wearing black sheer dress
Portrait of Megan Golwitzer by Tony Ward, Copyright 2023

Text by Megan Golwitzer, Copyright 2023


A Year Later


It has been a year since the initial attack on the Ukraine.  Information regarding the ongoing war remains at the forefront of our daily lives. Many of us become numb to the monotony of the endless stories and events flooding the media. It becomes routine. Certain moments will hit home for one person or another but generally here in America things continue in our normal patterns of daily life.  

Since the photo shoot I did with TW last spring, few things have changed for me. My everyday life has not been greatly impacted. When I read or see a particular story or event from the war, it moves me deeply. It is difficult for me to take in the profound impact on the individuals experiencing such severe and constant tragedy. At times I will distance myself from the ache it causes by taking a break from the news. I recognize and relish in what I have such as, food, a home, and the knowledge of my friends and family are safe and healthy. In the country of the Ukraine, they are not as fortunate. Nothing I have endured is as immense.

 A few years ago, after my divorce, I bought a foreclosed home with no water, electricity or heat.  Months after the purchase I moved in with the intention to make it mine room by room.  The first night in that mess was during one of the worst heat waves in 50 years. There were mice scratching inside the walls.  I had no fan. The filth and the smell were in my clothing and hair. Truly exhausted but with no chance of sleep, it was time to get up. I looked around and above my head was a tick crawling up the wall. After a few minutes, I cried.  Not because I couldn’t handle the monstrous task but because I was overwhelmed at the magnitude of it. It has taken me longer than expected and I have endured all kinds of situations. Just weeks ago, an old pipe came apart. Luckily a few of my kids were home from college and we worked smoothly together and stopped the water before the house flooded. I picture similar scenarios for the people of the Ukraine, pitching in, working together and persevering. 

I cannot fathom the mental and physical hurdles this country has yet to face but they will endure. I pay homage to the people of the Ukraine.


About The Author:

Meg is a tenacious person. She has a lot of interesting life stories and likes to challenge herself by learning and trying new things. She is an excellent cook and baker. She can make and decorate elaborate cakes.  Health and fitness are a part of her lifestyle. She bought and is living in a foreclosure which she is making her own room by room. She is certified to teach pistol because she believes a woman should be comfortable defending herself. She enjoys hiking and is completing a certification in personal training. She is a badass 50 plus year old woman living life to its fullest. 


To read additional articles by Megan Golwitzer, click here:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *