SKIP

SKIP: … is my spirit animal.

Urban Dictionary:

In pagan religions and systems, a spirit animal or totem is meant to be a representation of the traits and skills that you are supposed to learn or have. Online, saying something or someone is your spirit animal is a statement that said person or thing is a representation of you or what you want to be.

My SKIP challenge is about peeling away layers of unnecessary information to find the true Me inside, so I decided a fun exercise would be to list my top four spirit animals– based upon the context of the online lexicon.  Meaning, what I would want to be.

I started by typing “is my spirit animal” into an images search, but all I really learned from my searching is that a lot of people have a spirit made of Beyonce and vodka, so I made my own list from scratch.

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I kinda hope Mr. Rogers is everyone’s Spirit Animal.    I want to be kind.  I want people to know that I think they are special, and that I love them for the things that make them special and the things that make them very ordinary.  I want to look at a tragedy and see the good that sprinkles itself all over it.  I want to look past a bad action, and see only the potentiality of the human soul hiding behind it.   I want to see the sameness of all of us.  I want to see all the wonderful ways we are connected.

I want a Mr. Roger’s spirit, yes I do.

“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”   ― Fred Rogers

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In the short-run series, Farscape, Moya is the name of the ship that carries a crew of convicts through the outerwebs of the galaxy until they become a crew, and further still– until they become a family.

She is a backdrop to their adventures– not the smartest or bravest, gentlest or wisest– but she is loyal, and forms very distinct relationships with each member of the team, even though she is never anything but herself.

She is fueled by trust, even when she has every reason in the known galaxies to not trust at all.  It is a sort of bravery that makes my breath catch in my throat from the beauty and bigness of it.

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As I progress down this list, I realize how drawn I am to spirits that collect a motley but talented crew of friends, or– dare I say it– Best Beloveds.  One thing I’ve always loved about Kermit is that he gives up really easily on himself, and burns out often, and doesn’t finish stuff– but he’s honest, loving, and dependable.   So when he inevitably falls on his face, a bunch of his friends show up, pick him up, dust him off, and set him forward again.  And on he marches.

Because even when he doesn’t believe in himself, he never gives up on his friends.

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I’ve been painstakingly going through old posts since I came home.  There are just over 250 posts live on this blog, which means 4 times that amount are in drafts or set to private.  I’ve been reading through them, individually, deciding which should be brought back to life.

So very many are junk, but some are precious.  I read them and I am cheered up, even though I feel as if I should be annoyed by how persistently cheerful this dinogirl is.  It’s contagious.  I read the comments and I think — each one of these should be stretched into a poem, or a post, or a book– or something.  They are potent, powerful, positive, and they seep into my mind.

The combination of all that makes me love it here.  This place speaks to my spirit.  I’m glad I came back to her.  This Rarasaur character seems like someone I might want to get to know someday.  She’s lost right now, but she seems like someone worth finding.

Which I guess is what this SKIP challenge is all about for me.

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I liked all the shirts that said “Coffee is my spirit animal”, but I don’t really know what that means.  Who or what is your spirit animal?  How’d I do on picking some for me?  How do you like my art? The trolley is a little wonky, but I think Mr. Rogers would say it was practically perfect…

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  1. I love your artwork, and no, I don’t think your Trolley is wonky 🙂 Oh yes! Moya is wonderful. It was such a pity that series didn’t continue. When I worked in the call center at the Australian Tax Office (our version of your IRS) I spoke to one of the production crew and at that point, they were hopeful of getting it up and running again. LOL they were excited that I was a fan, and I was excited to be talking to them. It’s just a silly little encounter that made my day.

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  2. I am a HUGE fan of Mr. Rogers. I used to get irritated when people would make fun of him. I would also make me sad that those people couldn’t see or hear the beautiful messages he sent to children!

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  3. Hmmm, I always assumed that a spirit animal has to be an actual animal, so I saw no appeal in hoping to be like someone who spends a lot of time trying to not get eaten, or eat someone else, or even both.

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    1. I was going to say that the online definition of spirit animal allows for any possibility… even people! But then I realized that most people also spend all their time trying to eat something else, so, maybe it’s all the same.

      Maybe that’s why so many people go with booze… 🙂

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  4. I do not know your Mr Rogers, though he sounds wonderful. I do not know your Moya, and I barely know Kermit (except by reputation). I think I’ve been getting to know the Rarasaur though…or some form or evolution of her. I like her, and she seems like a worthy spirit animal for you.

    As for me? That question is far too big for one day. Today it might be Ishmael, but to be honest, I think he’s forgotten that the overriding point of humanity is not just to exist in a way which is peaceable and part of things (rather than fighting against them) but to exist IN RELATIONSHIP with one another, which is why we get so hung up on making and keeping and hoarding connections and finding ways to bind people to us. Perhaps that’s a #firstworldproblem, and maybe the ‘noble savage’ is quite content to forgo them, having everything else that he needs…yet even the aborigines go walkabout, to seek, so perhaps the gorilla doesn’t have all the answers….

    I will have to keep reading.

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    1. Ha! This is more in line with a normal Rarasaur blog post… which, now that I think on why there’s no reason to bring so many of them back, ha! 😀

      Mr. Rogers faded quickly from the world, which is too bad… but Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood is his brain child and I think it’s awesome. 😀 The trolley lives!

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      1. Just did a quick search of Daniel Tiger. I had never heard of him before. Kind of surprising that there is a series that pays homage to the legacy. I remember I was at work and the radio was on and they announced the Mr. Rogers dies and I was like “OMG! Mr. Rogers died!” Everyone just looked at me like I was crazy.

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    2. Episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” are now available via streaming on Netflix! I was so excited to share these with my son. I find them so calming, with Mr. Rogers’ gentle voice and the deliberate pace of each episode. No fancy graphics and jumping from segment to segment. It is so refreshing to revisit him.

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  5. I think you are the perfect embodiment of Mr. Rogers’ spirit. I have confessed many a misdeed to you, and you look past those mistakes and see that, even if the results were horrible the intentions were not.

    I love that about you. And thank you so much for that.

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    1. Because misdeed or not, you’re Scott. And I love Scott…. and everything Scott does to become more of himself or learn more of himself is just something that happened on the way. I think that’s called… friendship! 😀 So no thanks required, you return that love tenfold. ❤

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  6. Fred Rogers Rocked. So does this post. Thank you for making me smile.

    When I was a tiny girl I adopted the armadillo as my sprit animal. I have no idea why. Maybe it was because we both had hard shells, and we were different from all the other animals.

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    1. YAY 🙂 Thanks Juliette. The armadillo is wonderful! I used to have an armadillo purse… made from fabric and stuffing, of course, not real armadillo. But it was lovely. I’m a fan of the animals that are different from the others. 😀 And the people, too. 🙂

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  7. Gosh you are just truly and fabulously amazing. I LOVE your spirit animals, they are so so so YOU. I know you feel lost and I will SKIP with you from here to eternity because I’m lost too. Yet in reading this I know that you really are right there, right where you’ve always been, even when you weren’t (physically speaking). And I know that made sense to you, because you’re you and you just get it. Love you, Ra… ((hugs))

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  8. I have 3 spirits animals for 2015. They may stay longer, it is up to them to decide. Owl, Deer, and Tiger have been everpresent for me and breathe hope and life into the parts of myself that clearly lacked both.

    I would add coffee as a spirit plant for me. I adore the places coffee is grown and harvested and I come alive with passion even by simply smelling coffee in the supermarket aisle.

    Great post and BTW newbies like me wanna read all your previously public posted posts ( try saying that backwards!) In order to move forwards, I enjoy a good backstory.

    hugs, litebeing

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    1. I like your explanation of coffee as a spirit animal. I also feel more alive with coffee in the air. 😀 I also love your spirit animals, that they stay in concert with one another and and that they stay as long as they please. 🙂

      Thank you for the motivation to bring some more posts back to life, too. ❤

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  9. I think you picked the right spirit animals for you. Especially the Rarasaur one. She’s there yet. Waiting for when the time is right to truly step out again.
    I think my spirit animals would be words. I just love words, always have. They can convey everything we feel, think, see, touch, smell and hear. Everything is important to words. Then I think the color purple is mine too….because it’s mystic and mysterious and you can hide in it.
    Nature is mine too…..because it’s renewing…always. As I am…as you are. 🙂

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  10. Do you remember a comment you left on one of my posts when I was feeling a lot lost? It was something to the effect of how, even though I couldn’t see myself, you could see me and you liked what you saw.

    So here it is:
    Even though you don’t know who you really are, I can see you.
    And you is good.
    And when you see You again, you’ll know that You was there all along, and we’ll keep her safe until then. 🙂

    I may have to think on my spirit animals – although I’m pretty sure Liz Lemon will be somewhere on that list. ;D

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  11. I like your thoughts and ideas – and the new background, it’s a while since I’ve been here.

    Right now, it feels like my spirit animal is probably a depressed sloth who keeps falling out of trees and having to climb back up again. I’m praying it will pass.

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  12. I love your memes!! I’ve always loved Kermit and Mr. Rogers and am quickly becoming a big fan of you! Would it be ok to share your memes? I think my spirit animal is probably Oscar or Eeyore (not Sesame Street I know). Thanks for always being so true and raw!

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  13. I love that Mr. Rogers and Moya made it to your list of spirit animals along with Kermit and Rarasuar…especially Moya as I feel her gentleness is special too. Great totems, Ra 🙂

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  14. How awesome is Mr. Rogers as a spirit animal!!!! All of them are beautifully chosen.

    For my spirit animal, I shall pick “Tiggers,” because Tiggers “is wonderful things!” ( I need that inspiration 🙂 )

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