A LITTLE PHILOSOPHIZING
I support the movement that redefines the antiquated ideas of beauty, and decreases (towards extinction) the destruction of Others (The Unknown). I have mad love for KStew’s and Rob’s Pretty Rebellion.
I giggle a lot. Friends and family tell me I’m really funny, though you wouldn’t know it with my emo ramblings at times. I don’t cook much, but I make fierce grilled cheese sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies, sometimes serving them together. I admire anyone who does have culinary prowess. I gravitate towards over-the-knee socks paired with Doc Martens, flowy dresses, hues of red, and shy people. I am thirsty for knowledge about everything and have more books than I do silverware, shoes or hats combined (it’s a lot). I have been playing piano and singing since I was 4 years old, but I didn’t let anyone outside of close friends and family know this until I was 12. You know, trying to stay under the radar and all.
There are many events that laid the ground work for me to begin writing about Others and Royal Rebels, and I’m sure I’ll make reference to those experiences at some point or another in the weekly essays I write. Two events in particular, involving a public voting system led me to write about Royalty, popularity, and societal norms: (1) A yearbook printing mishap in junior high (See the Origins of Musings Page for details), and (2) a homecoming queen election in high school (See the very first Musings essay: Other Queens: Molly Ringwald, Stewie and Me)
I am a clinical psychotherapist by trade, a writer, kinda-musician and world traveler by choice. I believe that beauty truly is defined by the very characteristics that we (or critics) view as odd, quirky, atypical and unexpected. I am strolling along the learning curve towards embracing my Otherness. I applaud Kristen Stewart for embracing her Otherness and walking a path of authenticity. I hope you all will embrace and better yet, CELEBRATE your Otherness as well. We may find that we Outsiders, Misfits, Unusuals, Odd Ones, and Strange Folk all actually fit quite beautifully TOGETHER.
SENTENCE COMPLETION FUN
The sentence prompts and answers could change by the hour, the day, but I’ll probably only get around to updating it on here a few times a month. If you feel compelled to respond to the sentences as well, write me or comment below, I’d love to hear from you! I’m fairly confident we’ll find we aren’t on the periphery as once believed.
The Five-By-Five Edition
June 14, 2015
Song: First ~Cold War Kids
Kristen Stewart is now 25 years old, three years older than when I last updated this Sentence Completion. So much, an obscene amount of much has happened since the last post. In possibly my favorite interview to date, ‘Interview Magazine’, Kristen contemplates the risks and benefits of choosing her path, all within a casual conversation with the coolest chick ever–Patti Smith. Reflecting on her life and career, Ms Stewart recognizes that the choices she made do not hinder her attempts to live authentically and wholly. Clearly, she continues to challenge and then perhaps embrace any fear she may encounter.
“I’m sitting back and enjoying the benefits of a decision that I made when I was a person who I can still relate to, but am not any more.”
So. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane again. I began writing Musings five years ago, and I was terrified and elated all at once. Many factors led to my pushing “publish” for the first time on June 3, 2010. I am wrapping up this incredible journey with a return to roots, as Others do. My answers to these sentence completion statements are as if I were beginning this adventure, five years ago. Oh how far we’ve traveled, my friends. Here’s me…Next, it’s you. Talk to meeee.
In The Beginning, June 2010
Important Advice /Quote That Influenced:
Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi
Where I Lived:
In a small studio with my fairly new husband, in a cool, overcast, cloudy neighborhood near the park in San Francisco.
Whom I loved:
My husband N, my brother Chew, my sis-in-law Puss, and my then two-year-old Monkey niece.
Shoes I Wore:
Chucks and knee-high motorcycle boots.
Subjects I Studied:
Jungian Psychology, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Trauma Recovery. And Kristen Stewart.
People Who Fascinated:
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, anonymous angry, rude blog-commenters. Royal Rebels and Others.
Films That Inspired:
Shaw shank Redemption, Inception
Music That Shaped:
Band of Horses, Angus & Julia Stone, Ingrid Michelson, Jenny Lewis, Iron & Wine, Fleetwood Mac
Places I Went:
Bali, Indonesia and the Central Coast, California
Words I Read:
Re-read ing The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron; Anything by Marianne Williamson; Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss
Hobbies that Nourished:
Reading. Writing. Song Writing. Singing. Playing Piano. Taking Pictures. Walking in the great park.
Hopes I Had:
To launch a small private psychotherapy practice, for it to be successful (i.e. break even, maybe even earn a little money); to finally begin writing the book envisioned; to connect with people regarding Otherness, to inspire Royal Rebels to find their voices.
Fears I Confronted:
Being without a job or a job title.
Publishing my thoughts and ideas to share with strangers, people outside of my immediate circle.
Pursuing my calling vs obligations or what is expected of me.
*** So, there is nothing more rewarding that realizing the goals and hopes I had five years ago have come to fruition.