I’m an observer and people watcher… always have been. Always will be. I think mainly because I’m an introvert. And was super shy as a child. I had glasses and crazy curly mixed hair when figuring out how to manage crazy curly hair was not so available. I was taller then most of the boys and weathered a shit ton of bad haircuts. I felt mostly at ease arounds animals and books and could spend hours by myself without being lonely. I have memories of lying in the soy fields at my grandparents farm. I would spend hours lying in the moist earth with a sweet dog that was super shy and not accepted by the pack. I felt him. Because we were one in the same.
And as I moved into adulthood, how I observed and what I saw took on a deeper meaning.
I see the awkward moments, the subtle shifts of expressions, the quiet strength, the beauty… those subtitles that are there if we look close enough.
When I teach or lead a retreat/training or get behind the lens of a camera, I see the person in front of me. I see beyond the surface and barriers we put in place because life dictated that this was safer.
And maybe I see beyond those barriers because I have them, too. Those invisible walls that we surround ourselves with that keep people at arms length. Maybe because of past traumas or insecurity. Maybe because you were taught that it was safer to live that way. The reasons why don’t really matter. What matters is the work we do to crack the barriers. So that, bit by bit, we allow ourselves to be seen. And heard. As a whole.
And I know that’s not easy… it’s going to take honesty and trust and the willingness to be vulnerable. And not everyone will embrace this. But that’s ok… because people like me are here and on this earth for this purpose. To be the observers. To see beyond what others see. And to support you on this journey together… .
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