Who am I?
Am I a woman?
Am I a mother?
Am I a thinker?
Am I a writer or a photographer?
Am I what I do?
No one asks anything of a tree, and yet they are a tree. No one asks anything of the sun, and yet, it is the sun.
Are we our relationships?
Are we our accomplishments?
Are we our feelings?
Even asking the question, begs for a static, one or two-word answer.
Why do I have to be one thing or even three?
I’m as complicated as the ocean, and as simple as a puppy.
I’m as fluid as oxygen and as solid as old oak.
I’m as weak as a blade of grass and as strong as mother’s love.
I am warmth of a summer day and the cool breeze that brings relief.
I am destruction of an earthquake and the majesty of sunrise.
I am many and one at the same time.
If you strip away my conditioning and my culture, who am I?
I am the flame of a candle.
The beacon of a lighthouse.
Lighting the way.
Follow it until you find yourself.
Wonderful. I felt utterly expanded just reading your words.
When – 8 years ago – I turned my back on being all the things I had been (wife, teacher, homeowner etc.) I had a huge existential crisis; what WAS I now? That was when I finally found myself. Mind you, the search and discovery is eternal, of course…. 🙂
Thank you. I didn’t know you did that eight years ago. I bet you had a bit of a crisis. Talk about shaking things up!
Oh it did that! Much needed, though!
CHILLS!! I absolutely LOVE how you answered what I have long considered the most difficult question ever.
What are you?
Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. Reading your writing the other day totally inspired me. I often times write very matter of fact and in there here and now. But I love to enter the realm where words float and play and their meanings flip, flop, and fly. Your words always hold a certain beauty and fluidity, and touch the heart, while often making the reader nod and giggle because we’ve been there and done that.
It was YOUR words that held the beauty and fluidity – I could feel the magic straight from your heart. You are so kind – it’s you who inspires me ❤️
The mutual admiration club and the mutual inspiration club!!
I like this, especially at the beginning of a new year. I’ve been trying to take time each week to consider and prioritize all my different roles.
Glad it resonated! Yes, prioritizing. Lots in life to consider, and priority of roles and things does get bumped around a bit. Happy New Year.
You’ve got me thinking and I ended with–I am pure Source energy:). Part of the Divine. Not a bad place to end!
Yes! Beautiful. That’s exactly why I went for light.
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