This week my lifecoach tasked me with contacting a handful of people everyday about my book, speaking engagements, etc. At first I balked because I told him I didn't want to be "the weird girl." More than being afraid of rejection, I didn't want that familiar sensation of people staring at me blankly, or even worse turning up their nose at me. He asked me, "What's that like? The sensation of being the 'weird girl?'"
I told him it was a bit like being adrift at sea in nothing but a rowboat and no ships or people around for miles. The underlying feeling or sensation is one of being disconnected. Disconnected from other people, disconnected from my surroundings. For someone who LOVES to connect — with other people, her environment, and even connect one person with another — disconnection is like the ultimate hell.
A Mobius strip. True story, I have a pair of Mobius strip handwarmers.
However, what came out of my conversation with my lifecoach is that when I'm adrift at sea, I'm given a chance to connect with myself and also my higher power. So really, even when I disconnect I'm connected! It's a bit like a Mobius strip in that one feeds into the other. There is no end and there is no edge. I'm connected at all times, even if it's not to what I thought it would be.
When I articulated this to him, my fear went away. I realized yeah, I may disconnect from my audience, from the random person I contacted, or whoever, but that's OK because it gives me a chance to connect with someone or something else. I don't have to be afraid of disconnection because by acknowledging it, I'm allowing the space for a new connection to be formed. I'm allowing myself to drift about like a feather in the wind, blowing to its next destination.
I don't know if this blogpost is profound to anyone else, but to me, it's so indicative of how this world works, of its dualistic nature. That without dark there is no light. Without cold, there is no hot. And also how one feeds into the other. Out of darkness comes light and out of disconnection comes connection. It also shows me that sometimes it's within the depths of that which we fear, that we may find what we seek. That perhaps by venturing into what I'm avoiding at all costs I'll find what I'm attracted to.
I dream of a world where we understand disconnection is how we connect to something else. That connection and disconnection are two sides of the same coin. A world where we don't fear anything because we understand good comes out of the bad, and even what we fear the most may not be as scary as it seems. A world where we face what troubles us and know we'll still be OK. Because in the end, it may very well serve as a vehicle to get us what we want.
Another world is not only possible, it's probable.
I totally get you. I've been having these same feelings. All my life I've felt like a stranger. Not that I wasn't loved by my family, and not that I didn't make a diverse range of friends. But I never felt totally tied to any group or even specific people. I could disconnect from someone or some people so easily if there was something I wanted, or if I was in pain. Disconnection was a part of who I was, not a symptom of some problem that others experience.
And feeling like a boat adrift, I get that, mostly amongst people. In some ways, I set sail deliberately to be adrift because I never feel I can connect properly with people. When I was a kid I fell in love with a dream. Creative success was this unattainable woman I could never get, but kept working my ass off to see. But she was a woman no one else could see either, until I finished editing.
But the longer I edit, the longer I'm alone in the dark, the more I feel disconnected from reality. But wasn't I escaping from reality to be with my dream? There's a lot to reconcile from these splintered aspects of myself.
I like reading your blog. I think about this kinda stuff all the time. Would be nice to talk to someone about it. If you're still in the City, you have me on FB. Hit me up if you ever wanna chat about the larger philosophical nature of things with a non-life coach.
Interesting. I also wonder if perhaps you have yet to find people you can connect with more fully. Sometimes it takes a while to find someone who totally *gets* you.
And thank you. =) I don't do so well with facebook chatting but I would love to talk to you anytime. I'm always down for deep philosophical conversations over tea!