Twenty-four years ago, possibly to the day, I made this drawing in a sketchpad.
The picture started from a doodle. I didn’t know I was drawing an alien and spaceship till they emerged.
I did know that I felt quite alien myself, and had all my life. As I went into 1994 (at 27 years old) I was trying to integrate this understanding of myself. I wrote “Hail Earthlings” as my greeting to the rest of the human race, closed the notebook and moved on.
Pre-social network days—and I’m not even sure I was on the Internet much in 1993—I didn’t realize how many others felt (and feel) this sense of being “other.”
In this connected age, we aliens have started to find each other. We’re getting bolder about showing up in all our freaky glory.
I think of the admonishment some of my religiously-brought-up friends often heard as they headed to school: “Remember who you are.” Meaning, behave yourselves, represent the family and the church, be shining examples of godliness, etc.
Well, now we are remembering who we are for real. And it isn’t about good behavior this time, but about authenticity.
It turns out that being authentic is actually the way to be “godly”—if you believe, as I do, that we are all born with spiritual gifts that yearn to be expressed. The only way to move closer to our Divine nature is to truly be ourselves, to align outward action with the truth of who we are on the inside.
What’s more, that’s the best way to participate in the healing of the world.
What a revelation. What a resolution.
Let’s not close the notebook on our weirdness. No more modulating what we do in a doomed quest to fit in.
“Let your freak flag fly.” That was the guidance given to a friend recently, the same friend I had counseled, “Just do you, and you’ll soar.”
So how about it: Want to “do you” in 2018?
Let that be the one resolution that you keep. Let 2018 be the year of freak-flag-flying and remembering… and healing the world through the authentic expression of our beautiful kaleidoscopic gifts.