This post is part of Create Your Own Travel Guide Month, celebrating the release of our new book A Travel Guide for Transitions…
As we created our book this spring, it came clear to Bas that by taking his journey outside the corporate world he had discovered an entire A-Team of new selves. Here are just a few of the different versions of Bas that he’s found over the last couple of years…
They are so beautiful, aren’t they?
Given their outfits, I might have gone with “a Smarter and Geekier Partridge Family” instead of “A-Team.” Don’t tell him I said that. 😉
Anyway, across that same period, I came to recognize and write about two versions of me: Order Girl and Wonder Woman.
These are Bas-created images from our book. He’s so freaking good at noticing what matters most. I love that Wonder Woman is just me, in my regular clothes, deciding to let go of Order Girl and just dance instead. But I digress…
When I began this post this morning, my thought was that I was going to write about a third version of me that I found in the past few months: possibly Melting-Down-About-New-Puppy Mom or Bat-Shit-Crazy Event Planner or maybe even Cool Writer Chick who I’ve been getting to know this summer.
And because I’m not great at drawing, I went back to the images file of our book, hoping that Bas had created just one drawing of me that I could use in this post.
Then something amazing happened.
I didn’t find just one drawing.
I found dozens of drawings. I found dozens of different Loris in the images from the book.
Dozens Of Loris.
When did this happen? Wow. So cool.
So here are my just-found points:
- There are lots and lots and lots of MEs to be found. Some of these MEs are easy to embrace. Some MEs surprise and delight me. Some I want to just punch in the teeth. But all of them – ALL of them – are more interesting characters than I can imagine when I live within my fear, within my choking-for-me cubicle, trapped in somebody else’s story.
- I can’t fully be or see these characters without the helping hands and kind eyes of dear friends.
- Today surprised and delighted me. Most days out here in Lori Land do. It’s my story, after all, and I like surprise and delight. This new journey, this new story, is so freakin worth it…