“The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” … W.E.B. Du Bois
In astrological terms I was born a Taurus. Now traditionally that means that I am supposed to be stubborn, married to the old ways of doing things and kind of slow and methodical in the thinking department. There is no horoscope sign less likely or inclined to rapid fire, turn on a dime changes than this one. Thankfully, I seemed to have missed that message! And equally thankfully, to me anyway, I have lived a life of quicksilver thoughts, of bounding down mental pathways that leave others wondering who just zoomed by and of being married to so little of the same-old-same-old that traditional Taurus’ are left shaking their heads in bewilderment at the windstorm that just blew through their lives.
Now don’t get me wrong I certainly have my dog-with-a-bone tendencies when it comes to some topic that is near and dear to my heart or to defending a beloved friend. But I’m also known for laughing at myself from atop one of my many portable soap-boxes as I wax eloquent about whatever the current issue is. Being willing and able to change my mind and my direction doesn’t mean that I don’t have opinions – and some them darn strong ones – it just means that when the rant is done I’m open to shutting up, getting centered, laughing at how out of balance I was and flowing with Life again.
I have learned that no opinion, no dogma and no societal dictates are worth more than finding and remaining true to who-I-really-am. There are lots of people who have been quick to tell me that I should have done something faster, or slower, or perhaps not at all; however, none of them lived my life, none of them breathed within my skin and none of them knew what was in the best interest of my soul and my journey; but me. I think that it is unfortunate that so many people with so many opinions are holding fast to their personal, huge piles of “shoulds” and hence, are missing out on the beautiful flow of life.
Unless you’re two years old NOBODY knows what is best for you and your path but YOU! So … you are the one … and I am the one … each of us is the one who must make those moment to moment choices that determine, not only where we go, but also what and how we do in the next moment. I discovered during a time of particular grief and discomfort that I had a choice; I could hold onto the past; who I had always been and how I had always done things and remain grief-stricken OR I could take a chance on changing and moving ahead into the unknown. What did I have to lose? What do any of us have to lose by reaching for the beauty within and walking around the world as our True Selves? I don’t know about you … but I’m willing to go for the gusto …take a leap of faith … jump off of that rickety, old dock and grasp with both hands the chance to become all of who Life planned and dreamed for me to be. … Looks like another “Geronimo” moment!
Arinaste (from my heart to your heart)