Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.
1. I’m a survivor.
Not something I’m ready to delve into at the moment.
2. I spin wool.
Five years ago, I met a woman who invited me to a Knit in Public day at a local park. Before that day, I had never seen a spinning wheel in my life – at least not one that actually worked the way they were supposed to work. Not the ones from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty or even the one that Mrs. Ingalls spins on in an episode of Little House on the Prairie because none of those used spinning wheels the way they were supposed to be used.
At this ‘Knit in Public’ Day, I got to see real spinning wheels that worked, used by regular people like you and me. And from that day on, I found mentors who guided me through the world of fiber and made me appreciate the process of what it used to take to get something from the sheep all the way to something that you’d ultimately wear. My love for spinning and weaving was what drew me into the 2004 BBC miniseries “North & South” which features a protagonist who owns a cotton mill in Industrial era England and for days I wondered how I never even discovered that gem of a masterpiece.
It’s something that’s so lost to many of us these days but spinning wool is a way that reconnects me to the earth, to simplicity, and most of all, it gives me the zen I am so in need of when everything around me just goes to hell in a hand basket.
3. I write.
I’m not so comfortable writing for blogs, even though you’re reading mine right now (and for that, may I say Thank you). That’s why I do the writing prompts because if left to my own devices, I would not be writing at all. Unless it had to do with spinning maybe, but even that is questionable. I can only inundate these pages with photographs of all the handspun yarns I can ever spin without finding the time to make something out of them. And when I do make something out of them, the conundrum of what to do with them as I apparently can’t wear just any kind of wool becomes a problem – hence some people have received unsolicited hats and shawls and scarves from me because as much as I do love you – yes, I do – I also need to do some spring cleaning (this should be under #2 but oh, well).
4. I’m a romantic at heart.
I really am though I am loathe to admit it. And even when I have admitted it to loved ones in the past (and present), it hasn’t exactly gotten me the roses or the wine or the romantic interludes that come with the statement.
Sometimes I feel that this is because people I am with ultimately are a mirror of yourself and your fears, and if #1 is still strong within me (the quote, “the force is strong in this one” comes to mind), no romantic evening can ever break through that wall.
But then I also have the sneaking suspicion that I just haven’t met the right person yet. Oh wait, isn’t that person me?
5. Though I’m a massage therapist and even teach the craft, I hate receiving massages
Again, I think this fact has to do with #1. Though I enrolled in massage school fifteen years ago to tackle my skewered view of touch, it hasn’t exactly made me love receiving massages. I actually have to be in so much pain to get myself to schedule an appointment. And even then, when faced with the option of getting a massage versus going to a chiropractor for an adjustment, guess which one I’m going for.
However, let me just say that traditional Thai massages* are a completely different thing altogether. This combination of acupressure, yoga and reflexology isn’t really considered massage in my professional world, but “bodywork”. Still, if in my professional mind, traditional Thai massage fell under the category of massage, then I’d be the first to line up to get one of these.
*Not to be mistaken for those ‘Thai massages’ people get that involve an air mattress and tons of oil and happy endings. Don’t. Even. Go. There.
6. I always root for the underdog.
If there’s an underdog, that’s where you’ll find me. Well, most of the time.