Just when I thought life on Planet Earth was as unstable and disturbing as it could possibly be, it got more unstable and more disturbing. You know what I am talking about. All. The. Things.
What is a highly sensitive, super smart, empathetic, creative, deep thinking, emotional rainforest-minded human to do?
I have no idea. There are many possibilities, depending on who you are, where you are, and the complicated life you are living. As you might imagine, there is no one remedy for everyone. For some of you, especially these days, it is about staying alive, loving your family, and finding a safe home.
But, for those of you who have your basic safety and health needs met, I will share an idea, based on my own particular worldview and biases. After all, that is what I am here for. That is why I came to Planet Earth, as far as I can tell. It is a little unclear, truth be told. It could be that I am here to make fun videos on Instagram or to learn how to control my hair. But, on my better
hair days, I imagine I have a purpose, maybe even a calling. And that you do, too.
Which brings me to my actual reason for being. Drum roll, please. My calling is to, well, help you find your calling. Your raison d’être. (I have been studying French on Duolingo.) I know it sounds a little weird and maybe a wee bit grandiose but I may have landed on Planet Earth to get many of you smarties to heal any injuries that you incurred navigating life in a family and a body, clear up any misconceptions about what it means to be gifted, recognize you are on a mission, and steer you in the right direction.
How does that sound?
I mean it makes sense, right? I am not really doing anything else. I have no kids, no pets, no partner*. I do have a few plants but they basically take care of themselves. You could say I am obsessed with this purpose. It is my favorite thing to do. Maybe it is all that I do. Seeing clients, blogging, book writing, meme-building, video-creating.
OK. Wait. I do other things. I talk with friends. I go to the gym. I eat. Sleep. I get acupuncture. Read. I do things**. But, if you followed me throughout the day, you might think to yourself, this is one weird chick. Or, does she really like working that much? Or, where did she get all that hair?
I am exaggerating. A little.
But don’t worry. I do not expect you to be obsessed with your calling like I am. You can still have kids, pets, and partners while living your purpose. And, sure, kids, pets, and partners may actually be your raison d’être. Or stopping the legacy of abuse and neglect in your family might be your mission.
You do not have to get McDonalds to use grass-fed hormone-free meat and end factory farms once and for all. You do not have to invent the most energy efficient inexpensive solar cell ever. You do not have to stop power-hungry psychopathic megalomaniacs from starting wars. Although I won’t intervene if you want to try.
I am just saying, now is a great time to figure out what you are here to do. Or who are are here to be. Or both.
Some of you will feel this as pressure. I apologize. You will think I am telling you to live up to your potential. Noooooo. I am not saying that. Not exactly. You might misinterpret me and think you have to do one thing forever. No no no. This is about finding out who you are and, then, being that person. Being YOU. Finding fulfillment in life because you are being yourself and doing what feeds you, what nourishes you, what makes you who you are. Which in some way or other impacts your family, your community, and maybe even your world.
You have a purpose. You are on a mission. You have a raison d’être.
Welcome to Team Rainforest Mind.
To my bloggEEs: This post might be a bit more provocative than most but it feels like these times call for some provoking. I understand if this triggers some of you and you decide to cancel me. But if you stay, I promise to provide more guidance in future posts In the meantime, reading past posts and my first book could be ways to gain more clarity as you seek and live your calling. Tell us about what you suspect your mission might be or how you might go about finding it. Sending you much, much love.
(*Note: I am hoping to find the partner at some point. I suspect I can be both partnered and purposeful.)
(**Another note: I also dance the Argentine tango when there are no pandemics. I do things.)
( Yet another note: If you think you are too old to find your purpose, just remember, I started my counseling practice at 41, dancing tango at 47, and this blog at, wait for it, 62. )