That’s all I’ve ever done.
When things were complicated. When things were hard. I’d hit the road like I had wheels on my feet.
There were compelling reasons for fleeing when I was young.
Seems like I was always yearning, always searching for a safe place, when deep down inside I knew no such place existed because everywhere I ran I took my shit with me.
It felt like I was always trying to outrun a ghost. Real at one time, but over the years entrenched so deep in the bone, the sinew, the vessels that pump my life force I didn’t realize I’d been running from me.
From who I was.
From the stories I told and assimilated, that filled every synapse of my brain, my being, my core, so when I looked in a mirror I saw a stranger.
She looked like me.
She dressed like me.
But she was not, could not, be me…
“While the hero journeys for external fame, fortune, and power, the heroine tries to regain her lost creative spirit… Once she hears the cries of this lost part of herself needing rescue, her journey truly begins.” – Valerie Estelle Frankel, From Girl to Goddess
The pilgrimage to our truest self can be a long, tangled and painful journey. So much of who we are changes over time. Yet, somehow we manage to hold on with our manicured fingernails to an illusion, a mass of old and threadbare stories that stand in stark contrast to who we are now (and who we’re meant to be).
These contradictory stories can leave us confused, depleted, fragmented.
In midlife (and yes, before) it’s time to write a new story. A more factual and authentic story.
One that takes into account the evolution that’s occurred.
One that takes into account the woman who stands before the mirror and hungers to claim the image looking back at her. Not the image of a child, or that of a stranger, or a voice from long ago, but the image of [R]evolution on the cusp of being born.
To step more fully into your [R]evolution, take some time to answer these thought-starters:
I am opening to _________ because it invites me to _________.
I am willing to allow _________ into my life because it gives me __________.
I am paying attention to _________ because it helps me to see __________.
I am letting go of _________ in order to let _________ into my life.
Looking for help as you navigate your way to your true self? Check out my book, [R]evolution: A Soulful and Practical Guide to Creating the Life You Want. Buy one for yourself and one for a friend to accompany you on your journey.