“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin
There is no growth without risk, or so the saying goes. Yesterday I tried to do something incredibly difficult. A friend of mine was celebrating her fiftieth birthday by throwing herself an afternoon tea party.
I really wanted to go; my friend is a therapist and a lesbian to boot, so I knew I would be meeting people at the party who were my kind of people. Since I want more than anything to find a partner, this would be an ideal venue to meet my beloved.
I drove to her home and found parking right in front of her house yet I couldn’t make myself get out of the car. I drove around the block and tried a second time, still frozen with fear, unable to do the hard scary thing I desperately wanted to do.
For my third try, just like the game show where you can phone a friend for help with the answer, I phoned my friend Bobbi who agreed to be my wing- woman. However, by the time I picked her up and returned to the party it was approaching dusk, and it felt too late.
I came home feeling incredibly discouraged. As I soaked in my Epsom Salted bath, I reviewed my afternoon and said to myself ‘Face your fear, baby. It will grow you up’ .
Clearly I isn’t growed up yet. There is still a part of me frozen in time, clinging desperately to my mother’s non existent apron strings begging her not to leave me here, all alone and without agency.
I am going to spend the rest of my days here on earth, trying my best to be present for my tiny frozen in time little girl, reminding her that she is safe here, with me. I am hopeful the warmth of my gaze will defrost her frozen bones and she will finally after 58 years be free to get ‘All growed up’ .
May this be true for all of your popsicle little children waiting inside of you to be growed up by the one person, the only person that is best suited for this most challenging of tasks. Let’s take the greatest risk of all, together. Let us believe deep down in our core that we are lovable and worthy of rescue.
Let’s get out our comfiest towel, warm it in the microwave and place it on our hearts imagining our little frozen child inside of us slowly, slowly, warming.