Living in Mystery

When I was growing up and watching MTV (Ha! I am showing my age and I love it!) I would watch the video of Destinations Unknown by Missing Persons. For those who are unaware, Dale Bozio, the lead singer, was the 1980s precursor to Pink and Lady Gaga. I wanted to dye my hair pink like Dale Bozio. I loved Missing Persons and bought every LP. I was excited about the possibility of becoming an artist when I grew up. And artistry is the one thing that is the saving grace of people who have backgrounds of trauma. But much of artistry is grounded in a professional life that is somewhat decent to bear. I mean, we have to afford our supplies and classes! So, right now, I am looking for another job that will allow the flexibility I need for my creative pursuits. Because of this, I had no idea it would be a continual starting over again. This song from my childhood upbringing sums my predicament up: Destinations Unknown. In the book, Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Out in the Real World, Maria Shriver said the first thing she wishes she knew was that you have to be willing to start all over again. I wish I knew that, too. Maria Shriver also said something else in an interview with AARP: “I am trying to reimagine my life. You have to be willing to let go of the life you planned in order to make the life you’re meant to live,” which essentially means that most of your life is lived in mystery and learning how to be comfortable that type of uncertainty:

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