Tuesday, November 29, 2005

the real world

Ever since I was a little girl, I've been told, "you don't live in the real world." And your intentions were good, but you dismissed me and my world everyday and every week and every month until I just can't stand it anymore. I will no longer be dismissed as silly or unrealistic. And you don't have to understand - just let me have my own world and honor it.

My world has always been one of poetry and magic, angels and unicorns. And what you don't understand is that this world is very real, if you choose to believe. In my world, there are miracles waiting to happen. The angels whisper wisdom in my ears and butterflies share their medicine of transformation. In my world, a regular girl, from a regular family is a poet and a writer and an artist. In my world, my work is not something I do with regret, but with passion and attention. In my world, life isn't a drag, but a adventure. And even when things don't seem to be going my way, I know it is in my power to change it. The world isn't against me. The universe is my cheerleader. The world is filled with opportunities, not trials. Even the lessons that must be learned as so worth the effort and the healing.

And so I want to tell all of you. I don't want to live in your real world. I choose mine. Everyday. When I get up in the morning I choose to see the beauty of the stars still shining and not the darkness. I choose to feel the chill in the wind and wonder where it came from, picturing the snow caps of a distant mountain range. I choose to smile and wonder at the awesomeness of all that has been created. The green is greener and the sun is warmer and my heart leaps in wonder. I will listen to the chatter of the squirrels gathering nuts...did you know they have a voice?And I will watch the hawks dance as I sit petting my dog in the schoolyard after the buses have sped away.

I won't live in your rat race, or fight your battles, or cry your tears, or drink from your half-empty cup. I will not acknowledge your war, as only peace exists in my world. And I am better for this. I will not be dismissed as silly. For wisdom of the ages guides me to feel and be and live - to breathe in the details of a very real and vast Earth, running barefoot as my body connects with the energy of the goddess.

You can keep your real world, thank you very much. If you like it, stay there. If you want to feel the magic you're welcome in mine. There's plenty of room for all of us, and so much freedom to be had.

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