It began as a place
But this is not all of me.
Have You Seen My Whole Self?
Most people have some sort of online presence, whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, whatever it may be. I, too, have accounts set up in all these various places. Including my little space here. And although I have over twelve thousand people following me on Twitter, over a thousand on Instagram, more people on Facebook than I could even try to keep up with, and a small handful of people that read my words here… I’m still frustrated about WHAT I’m doing with—what once was—multiple outlets for my various interests. Facebook now seems to be for friends and family, Twitter for fun word play, laughs and inspirational thoughts, Instagram for my love of photography and an outlet for my exhibitionist side, and this WordPress site to work through my emotional struggles of dealing with the loss of my husband.
But there’s no place where I am being ALL of me. And I want that. It bothers me that I separate out the sides of me, essentially hiding the who or what that is my whole self… mostly because I’m learning to be proud of who I am: a beautiful work in progress—organic, complex and multifaceted. Of course I worry about judgement from those who don’t know me or aren’t open-minded enough to understand, but I could also quote a million famous sayings that encourage us all not to give a shit what others think.
You Can Be Anything You Want To Be.
So recently, I was doing some research on Wonder Woman, refreshing my memory of the interesting story behind her creator, the transitional time in history in which she was created, and the incredible purpose behind her creation. Wonder Woman emerged at a time when women were coming out of the home and taking over full-time positions in factories as the men left to fight the war. When the war ended, women returned to their homes, but “their sense of power and potential—the Wonder Woman within—had emerged and could no longer be repressed.” In the Introduction to Wonder Woman: The Complete History by Les Daniels, Lynda Carter continues:
“Those early Wonder Women whispered to their daughters, “You can be anything you want to be,” and in so doing, raised the consciousness of a new generation of women. They helped us believe in our own unique powers, our hidden strengths, our intellect and instincts—and encouraged us to let our own unexpressed self soar.
Now we are supporting our own daughters as they reach for new heights in new times. For we are all works in progress, forever evolving, helping blaze and brighten the trail for those to come.
And the Wonder Woman in each of us is even better than the original. For we are also mothers, girlfriends and wives, givers of life and love—roles that Wonder Woman, for all her adventures, was never able to play.”
I believe in my own unique powers and I’m ready to let my own unexpressed self soar. In the next few weeks I will be updating this site to be more of all of me. I AM a mother and a girlfriend and a giver of life and love. I am all of it. And I don’t want to hide who I am, or what, who or how I love. I want to share my pictures, my poetry, my pleasures, my pains, and my plans for the future—all of it. I want it all in one place, and that one place will be here.
Just in case you’re looking for all of me.