Oh, How I Want to Break Free...
I retired with a sense of optimism, expansion, and new possibilities…excited about managing the transition to a new phase of life. True, I was based in the town where I had lived almost all my life, and so much of what surrounded me was gloomy and redolent with ancient unhappiness. But I had so many plans to fly, with new adventures to pursue.
Then lockdown after lockdown clamped me in, offering me no clear timescale or avenue for escape. Little light. Little sense of personal achievement. Little hope of doing something new, worthwhile, or successful, to replace my abandoned professional identity.
In this storytelling project I try to capture some sense of this situation by using ICM techniques, supported by mindfulness and journaling. Can these new perspectives offer me an unexpected escape route?
Found along the way:
Inspired and reassured by:
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Where Do I Go?
Imprisoned. A dark path ahead,
‘But a caged bird stands on the grave
~ Maya Angelou
I Can't Get Out
Lockdown limits life.
“I can never be all the people I want
~ Sylvia Plath
Is This the Way Out?
Angry, resentful, railing.
“Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change.”
~ Frida Kahlo
So Many Dreams
Swirling in confusion, searching for clarity.
“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself:
~ Rachel Carson
Get Up and Fly
Swirling and swooping together across the river. On and out?
“It’s how we choose what we do, and how we approach it, that will determine whether the sum of our days add up to our formless blur, or to something resembling a work of art.”
~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from,
~ Rebecca Solnit
On the Way
Lycra-bright cyclists zoom on their way, straight and clear.
“Hope is the thing with feathers
~ Emily Dickinson
There will be better times.
“Just like moons and like suns
~ Maya Angelou
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