I was not a child who daydreamed.
Instead, my childhood was marked by pleasing, proving, and performing to be liked, admired, and accepted.
I kept high marks because I was afraid not to.
It was always go, go, go to succeed, succeed, succeed.
From the time I was in high school, I felt a nagging deep inside me for something different, yet I didn't listen to the nag. I continued to push it aside.
I was drawn in particular to my 2 volleyball coaches, who seemed to see and experience life differently. They didn't fit the mold, and they didn't care. They introduced me to Dan Millman's book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and shared Native American teachings
Yet it never seemed to stick.
Even when I did dip my toes into the slower water, I always seemed to get pulled back out again by parental and societal pressures.
There were ladders to climb.
Awards to be bestowed.
Certificates to be put on a wall.
Money to be made.
Promises for more and better.
Today, I live within a different frame.
It's more connected.
I am not climbing any ladders.
I am expanding my circle(s).
Yet, the pull into the other frame is still there.
Sometimes it takes concerted effort to resist.
Yet, when I do resist, I feel aligned.
I feel at peace.
I am connected to my values.
I am living with integrity.
As Lynne Twist reminds us:
>> There is enough.
>> More isn't better
>> That's NOT just the way it is.
What if we all stopped climbing and instead started living?
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I am Theresa Destrebecq.