As I grow older, I tend to isolate myself. I feel safer in my own world or sticking with people I already know. However, since I’m traveling Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road to find where I belong these days, I feel obligated to push myself beyond my comfort zone. So, this morning I started a conversation with a shower cap. It was awkward at first.
Hey shower cap, I like your elastic.
SHOWER CAP: Really? I think it’s getting kind of stretched out and shabby.
Oh. Okay. I guess my perspective is off.
SHOWER CAP: Are you from around here? You don’t look familiar.
I’m just visiting… looking for my smile or a new way to look at life as I get older.
SHOWER CAP: I know what you mean. I just made a life change, but it took a lot of soul searching. I spent a lot of time thinking about what was important to me and what I could let go of.
You mean, what’s central to your being vs. what you’d rather not deal with anymore?
SHOWER CAP: Exactly. I realized I’m sick and tired of getting wet all the time.
That’s totally understandable.
SHOWER CAP: But I also have a strong, protective side. I’ve spent my life protecting hair in the shower and it’s given me a great sense of purpose.
I’ve always been a fan of shower caps.
SHOWER CAP: Thanks. So I decided to continue being protective, but I want to bring out that side of myself in a different way.
Have you had any luck?
SHOWER CAP: Yes! Last week at the movies, I met a very full bucket of popcorn who couldn’t hold onto all her kernels. The kernels on top kept falling on the floor. It didn’t come naturally to me, but I pushed myself to offer to help. I ended up covering the top of the popcorn bucket and preventing the kernels from falling.
Very protective of you!
SHOWER CAP: Yes! Now we’re an item. Here we are:
SHOWER CAP: Thank you. How about you? Have you met anyone new who makes you smile?
Well, I’ve met lots of creatures Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road, and they’ve been inspiring. But oddly, they’re not the ones who make me smile every single day.
SHOWER CAP: Well then, who does?
The actual human beings who read this blog.
SHOWER CAP: I’m in a blog?
Yes! In fact, every time I write a post and people comment, relate, or just “like” what I have to say, it brings the biggest smile to my face. They are my sparks. I’m grateful we can share our stories.
The biggest shout-out of all goes to fellow blogger Maria Wen Adcock. She writes an awesome blog that touches the lives of many: http://www.biculturalmama.com. Maria helped me start overthehillontheyellowbrickroad.wordpress.com and is a shining star.