And a magician.
And a creator, but I knew that already.
Not exactly a rugged over-the-mountains type of explorer,
because I'd break a heel.
More like a boldly -going- to- inner- realms, chatting with unicorns and bringing
back subjective treasure, type of explorer.
Mark Twain said, "The two most important days of your life are when you are
born and when you find out why." Having accomplished the first, I'm about to
embark on the second.
Assisting Bruce the agoraphobic fur child to be the best dog he can is hugely
rewarding, but dog-whispering isn't the reason I was born.
Neither is keeping every junk seller in a 10 k radius in rent and slippers every year.
It isn't even getting the prize for the tallest pile of vintage fabric, in which case my
life's probably over.
This weeks epiphany is care of Carl Jung and Melissa Bolton, who developed
the most beautiful collection of images to help you understand yourself through
archetypes. And it's on Pinterest.
She says, "Archetypes are a summation of you. They are your story. They’re rooted
in the belief that you were blessed with a dazzling array of gifts before you were
even born. Some never discover them. Some don’t know how to use them efficiently.
Some don’t use them at all."
Imagine going through life never discovering what you can be. What a waste.
It's another tool to connect with inner strengths and weaknesses and to use
them to advantage. Once you know, you can get on with the business of being
Ever since the age of 11, when I got my first deck of Tarot cards and a Gary
Glitter album, I've wanted to know what makes people the unique fluffy snowflakes
they are. As well as being an explorer, I'm also a rat in the Chinese zodiac,
which means I'll steal just about anything if it serves.
Discovering your archetype is not even steal-able, its free.
It's another step toward loving the skin you're in and I love it already. In a place
where every woman and their dog is either an entrepreneur or a personal
marketer or life coach or something they're slinging, Melissa's quiet voice connected.
So knowing my archetype is one step toward the reason I was born; to be an
explorer and chat to unicorns and write about it here. The magician part is the
transformation of a life that started out a very different way. They say the
difference between a mad man and a Shaman is the Shaman can return
from other worlds to bring back the magic beans.
The mad ones have trouble finding an exit.
Do the Archetypal branding thingy.
I'm pretty sure magicians drink hot chocolate and pin stuff on Pinterest too.
What Archetype are you, and more interestingly, how does the fit feel?
P.S. Melissa's Pinterest boards will have you nodding and smiling and
give you RSI of the pin finger.
P.P.S. Images are either mine, or pinched, rat -like from Melissa Bolton