I’m all about a really great road trip!
The kind where I have a tank full of gas and a heart filled with wonder.
Want to come along for the ride?
This past March, my best friend and I packed up three of my kids, (the 4th was a senior and didn’t want to miss 10 days of school) and headed out to sunny California.
We spent 10 glorious days in a condo right on the beach in Oceanside California. We were within walking distance of the pier, and the legendary Ruby’s Cafe.
We woke up each morning to ocean sunrises and dolphins playing in the waves.
We met lots of interesting people.
Saw interesting things.
And basically had our minds blown wide open!
That what is so great about road trips.
They are, by their very nature, unpredictable and exciting.
Life is like that for me.
It is really just a big, uncertain adventure.
Each day is new and fresh.
Sometimes, on a road trip, your car will break down, or you may run into construction…
Life is just like that too!
The really good news though is that those set backs don’t have to ruin your trip.
You have the choice to see them as just minor setbacks…
Nothing more than a small inconvenience.
But all too often, when life throws a “flat tire” at us, we panic.
We start down that road of Self Pity, and successfully turn a small inconvenience into a major life crisis.
Is there a way to avoid this “Pot Hole” in the road, and take a detour around the road called “Self Pity”?
For me, my detour is my creativity.
Without creativity, my life would be flat, boring, empty.
The creative process allows me to bypass the perfectionist,
give visuals to my journey,
and create new stories out of old.
It is the pattern I use to “Unfold my Own Yarn”.
It is my invitation to discard the old, tattered yarns that I believe about myself.
It is a way to recreate what others have said about me and to begin to unfold my story
my yarn –
with my voice –
in my way.
I can clearly see how essential it is to give ourselves the experience of mothering through an ongoing creative practice.
Creative means lots of things to lots of people. That is why I am not going to specifically “label” my creativity today.
As a woman, I just know and understand the power of having some type of creative outlet for ourselves.
We are really good at taking care of everyone first, and leaving the leftover scraps for ourselves. We find ourselves starving and depleted…
And then wonder why!
But if all we ever fed our physical bodies was the leftover scraps…
Our health would suffer huge consequences.
Our spirits are no different.
They need to be nourished and rested too.
Creativity is a great way to engage in deeply honest inquiries about the whats, whys, where’s and hows of our own wounds, healing and desires.
It’s an amazing way to join with others and to be in real conversations with others who might be on the same path.
With these magical ingredients of creativity, determination, and excitement, I believe it is possible for us to begin to heal the wounds and internal messages that we have been carrying for most of our lives.
Lets go back to the road trip metaphor again for a minute…
Because… Summer is about road trips!
and traveling light.
On this Whimsical Road Trip to creativity…
invoke our inner Rock Star who will invite that Inner Soul Child for a little walk on the wild side.
We will introduce her to boundaries, self-love, kindness, her own essential wisdom, and unique quirkiness.
Lets all vow to learn how to take our creativity along with us, and use it to do some really deep inquiry on the road without weighing ourselves down.
Without getting sidetracked by “construction”, or “flat tires”.
Lets vow instead to see life as one big creative adventure.
I am going to end this post today with a quote from Ray Bradbury. I just feel that it fits really well with today’s conversation.
“If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping that one door shut. But the writer’s job is to see what’s behind it, to see the bleak unspeakable stuff, and to turn the unspeakable into words –not just any words but if we can, into rhythm and blues. You can’t do this without discovering your own true voice. Truth seems to want expression. Unacknowledged truth saps your energy and keeps you wired and delusional. But when you open the closet door and let what was inside out, you can get a rush of liberation and even joy. And the truth of your experience can only come through in your own voice.”
~ Ray Bradbury