I’m not a joiner by nature. Never have been.
And as a result, there are times I’m cross-wise with the world.
It’s just that I resist, more than anything
and tied up with a pretty bow
to be cataloged on a shelf.
I want to remain free to evolve.
I reject the world’s arbitrary expectations and control.
I question all the shoulds.
I question why you want to redefine me without my permission.
The more you try to convince me, the more I’m not.
The more I see your blindness.
Why do you think these limiting things?
Why do you define life this way, much less MY reality this way?
It doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in rules.
The polite world needs an honor code.
I’m a lover of systems. I see the world in patterns.
I notice when seemingly unrelated things are connected.
Which, of course, is part of why I design.
I Am a Creator.
I recognize that when we use design thinking and build conscious systems, which require cooperation, we improve quality of life; we solve world problems.
Systems are just programs that we use to empower ourselves.
They work alongside us as we continue to innovate.
Now I don’t have to use up brain power and resources for that.
The program is now built.
It maximizes what I can accomplish.
I enjoy using, analyzing, and building systems–as long as they serve as the good tools they were meant to be.
Systems help us understand our universe and free up our horizons for greater things. Tools, however, should never shackle the soul.
As a spiritually evolving people–Collectively, we are Stronger.
But, if we’re not careful, we can get into a rut.
We can stagnate, become toxic, and oppress.
Our systems of expectation become our God.
And we become finite echoes of what could have been.
We can forget the individual, our unlimited capacity, and lose our humanity.
And in the pursuit of “peace” and flow, we can forget conscious compassion and individual responsibility.
We can stop seeing the human, the soul.
Make everyone a label.
Become victim to the system.
There are times we just have to get out of the box and rebel against the status quo.
Dare to be and think differently.
Allow ourselves to become uncomfortable and take the inconvenient path–because it is the right one. Or at least, a better one.
I become weary and jaded the more people push me to live or be something that I just am not.
Try to convince me to care about things that, on the eternal level, just do not matter.
In the process of John’s dying, never was the superfluous more clear.
Things that don’t make sense. Things that make me ask why, why, why.
Things that make me feel like finding another planet to live.
Things I DON’T want to give energy to.
The more people tie me up with those pretty labels.
Am I what you expected?
If I label you, you’ll stay in your lane–right?
And as a Creative, I reject all notion of living a life of sameness without purpose.
It’s hard being here, in this reality.
Beauty and wonder are matched by pain and difficulty.
Risk is everywhere, and nothing (and no one) is guaranteed.
Not even the next breath.
If I have to be here, I will have my Creativity and Purpose and Face the unknown head-on.
I will partner with my Creator and consciously Craft my Direction.
I choose to bear witness to and celebrate the paths that cross mine without the world’s arbitrary rules of definement.
Where there is no room to breathe, I will hold space for oxygen to unfold.
Among the things that I appreciate that John gave me while he was alive was the grace to be me and the space to evolve.
There was always room to move and oxygen to breathe in the air around John.
We shared the same Chaotic Good heart, the same first-born sense of protection and responsibility, and the same desires for the freedom to Create, Transmute and Become in this life.
Never violate your conscience.
The strong should protect the weak.
The able should teach and elevate others.
Always do the right thing.
Embrace the suck.
Help others find their way through, and you will too.
We never forced expectations on each other, John and I.
It wasn’t our thing.
We didn’t adhere to the marketing concepts of what our life together should look like.
We had no insecurities about each other. We didn’t starve each other’s needs for career, friends, life experiences, or dreams.
And I think one of the defining features of our friendship, as well as our love, was that we allowed each other space, always.
We were never glued to the hip. We didn’t have to be.
We were two whole people who decided to become lifetime battle buddies.
We had no desire to stifle each other, and we were never threatened by the need to be alone or have our own things.
Maybe because we were both firstborn, I don’t know. But it worked for us.
In doing this for each other, we evolved in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be available. And we helped each other pursue our individual goals and dreams.
We didn’t have to have a life partner. We didn’t have to be together.
We just wanted to be. We liked being in each other’s space.
And we freely chose to be tethered and back each other up in this life.
It was a much deeper, more respectful way of being. I was never afraid to be myself. I knew I was loved for me. The young woman I was. The mother I became. The soul I was growing to be.
We always held space to rediscover each other as we grew further into adulthood together.
And there was born great love. We became more than our parts–together.
I think back to John’s grandmother’s words, “You don’t marry a body; you marry a mind.”
Though I think for me, it’s that I married a soul.
How can you possibly contain a soul?
Especially a force of nature like John.
You can’t. And you don’t want to.
What a crime to try. What a blessing to share.
John loved me fiercely and never wanted to change me or bottle me up. So as I.
I never understand people who want to remanufacture their partners.
Go remake yourself.
I don’t want to lock down the world and reality. Even while there is chaos, I know that possibility reigns and that order will come. Out of Chaos, magic is born, and Creativity holds all the cards. Holds all the art supplies too.
If we are to be free of the chains of the past–we have to explore and innovate new systems. We can’t stick with the same old habits and perspectives and expect different outcomes.
They’re only tools. And they lose purpose and wear out.
We have to allow each other the space and grace to evolve.
And dare to craft new systems as needed.
Craft new lives. Embrace new purposes.
Change our labels, or reject them altogether.
It’s mucky work, being human.
This Life was meant to be rich with experiences and opportunities to grow.
But it was not meant to be a museum and always pretty.
It wasn’t meant to be without Risk.
You have to take chances to have and love more than you thought possible.
And be willing to see the world and Life differently.
You have to be willing to get hurt along the journey, knowing that even failure enriches our growth.
The Path of the Conscious Rebel is not easy.
Yet it’s ripe with possibility and rich with uncommon love.
A journey of creative textures and colors.
After all, who are humanity’s heroes?
If not those who Dared a Life that was Different?
While I may look at life, love, and the world differently, I am not that unique.
I am not the only widow in the world. Not the only mother whose child is fighting cancer. Not the only woman carving out a career in a male-dominated world. Not the only friend trying to sift through the digital age to reconnect with someone real.
And not the only wounded soul trying to free herself from the black hole behind her and find the next step on the path.
But these are the things I sometimes think about.
On a pensive Sunday morning over coffee.
August 21, 2022
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