Saturday 19 November 2011

But I’m not sure I’m ready to wipe my skin dry; to drown myself in a new ocean, where my desire for fleeing this emotional cage hides like a mermaid ambivalent about growing legs.

Me on a beach called Kravoulia, on Ithaca.
I'm not a fan of swimming. I like to bob. I like to feel the flow of water against my skin, the coolness of the ocean cleanse my soul. Which is sorta funny considering my star sign is Pisces. But who believes in that stuff anyway? Do you?

Do I?

I'm not sure. Sometimes I like to look at my horoscope for a bit of fun and am often quite surprised at its accuracy. But then I wonder how. I was born five weeks premature, so technically, aren't I an Aries?

Anyway ...

If there's one thing in life that I've learned, it's that we are unique. You are you, and I am me and ... well ... I'm tired and have lost my train of thought ...

I guess my point is, don't ever try to be someone you're not. It doesn't work. Believe me. I've tried it. Since embracing who I am, deep down, I have found a lot of happiness in this world. My only hope is that it continues to flourish.

What's one life lesson you will never forget?

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  1. That lesson - self-acceptance - has been huge for me.

    Everyone's telling us how to be, from our parents to the punks, but the most responsible and reckless thing you can do is be completely yourself.

  2. Life lesson I'll never forget? That I can't fix everything and I don't have the answer for every problem.

  3. Well, it's a given that I'd LOVE that first line since it contains a mermaid reference, but then you follow it up with more thoughts that touch my heart.

    Love all around. :)

    Life lesson I'll never forget...never play leapfrog with a unicorn. ;)

  4. I'm old and I'm still learning. :0)

  5. An ex-pat in Kenya told me: Acceptance is key. I read a small article that said horoscopes are one sign ahead. Kinda, sorta pay attention to that stuff.

  6. I can only be myself.
    Biggest lesson - I am not alone.

  7. When you feel the journey is too far, just put one foot in front of the other. Then do it again, and again.

  8. Beautifully said, Jessica. I'd say I've learned to be happy where I'm at right now. I'm striving for more, but I'm happy now, and anything extra is just gravy.

  9. With effort you can become a second rate copy or a first rate you. Same effort, different results, right? :-) Roland

  10. Agree! It's so easy to get sucked into the vortex of trying to be like someone else. But how boring would it be if we were all alike?

    And I don't really believe horoscopes, but I enjoy reading them, too. :)

  11. The word "Acceptance" is a word that plays a large part in my life.


  12. It's always nice when you realize who you are is pretty awesome. :)

    This year I went through some situations that taught me a lot, one of the best lessons that there's no point in wasting your time on jealousy.

  13. I think one of my big life lessons is not to envy or judge other people. I used to look at other people and think they had a fabulous life, and I got a few wake-up calls and realised my own life is lovely too!
    Now I wouldn't swop it. Though I wouldn't mind a week on that beach. Not swimming, I prefer to float. And I'm a Saggitarian so I'd be very willing to travel!
    Fun post Jessica!


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