“I feel my boots trying to leave the ground, I feel my heart pumping hard. I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” - Mary Oliver
“Are you still writing?”
I hadn’t spoken to him in 10 years, but in the 3 minutes we spent on the phone, he asked if I was still writing.
“A little,” I said.
I still can’t do it. I still feel apologetic when I talk about writing.
Then someone I love asked me if I actually wanted to be a writer… after all, I don’t act like one.
Do I? Do I want to be a writer? Do I love writing? No. I love words. I love words that when strung together have the power to create inspiration and connection. I love what is possible when you write.
The truth will be evident to anyone who really knows me or who reads this blog occasionally.
The truth is that writing scares me, but it is actually bigger than that:
I scare me.
I can’t just sit down and write for the sake of writing. I could never paint for the sake of painting or cook for the sake of cooking or tidy for the sake of tidying, or exercise for the sake of simply moving my body. In the past, everything with me has had to be a production, the creation of something wonderful or be in some way A BIG DEAL.
So it is no surprise that I just stopped trying. Grown-up life just didn’t have the fireworks that I craved, and feeling that electric every day with no return just creates disappointment. Then, forgetting that I had given up shooting for the moon, I went through hell trying to figure out what was wrong with me and why I wasn’t living up to my own perceived potential.
That’s where 2012 comes in.
Marianne Williamson said: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”
It is my light that most frightens me, but I have spent years focusing instead on the darkness.
2012 is about focusing on the light. Period. But instead of giving myself more pressure to be, do and feel all at once, 2012 is about emerging.
Emerge for me is traveling the distance between the dark and the light, choosing to step closer to one and farther away from the other. It’s made up of one choice, one step, one feeling at a time and being patient if those movements take a little while.
I am capable of miracles. I am capable of magic.
…and blinking, I step closer to the light.
Image and Sculpture by Paige Bradley