I have been waking up 45 minutes earlier than I need to wake up as part of a personal challenge. There is a lot of research that cites morning routines change lives. For the better part of my life, I have gone to bed late. In the morning, I have rushed in the shower, haphazardly put on clothes that resembled the clothes from yesterday and jumped into my car. Some people in my family would say that I have spilled more coffee than I have drank during this morning rager.
On the morning of this self-portrait, I looked in the mirror after a gloriously cold walk with a little horror and a lot of love. I felt like I was looking at the face of my dad and my aunts, in my one face. This is becoming my truth.
We all have truths we carry around. These truths are often camouflaged by a host of convenient things. Our thoughts and feelings are the best camouflage. The chaos of our personal and work lives are also brilliant camouflage. It is very easy to stay perma-distracted from the truth in our lives. Some of us carry truths around with us for years before accepting them. Like a good time capsule, some truths are best appreciated after a few decades.
May the truth be with you. May you reflect on your life, your friendships, your work life, your family, the way you spend your time, the way you take care of your body and may the truth show up for you. Spend time in silence and the truth will emerge. Changes you need to make will show up for you. And then the fun begins…how will the truth in your life inspire change?
In the case of this portrait, I am celebrating my genetics and am choosing to celebrate every new indication that I am aging as the alternative kind of blows.