I was standing in the shower when the words “Keeping Myrtle” popped into my head. I had shampoo in my hair, no contacts in my eyes, and an entire blog post started forming in my head. All I could think was I have got to get out of here and get these thoughts on paper before I lose them. I was in such a hurry I wrote blindly, not even bothering to take the extra 30 seconds to put my contacts in.
A friend asked me this past week “why are you so attached to her?”. And I said I don’t know. I just am. What makes us pick a friend? What makes us see a virtual stranger and just decide I pick you? You are going to be in my life and boom, you have a friend. It was the same concept. I saw her, I liked her, I picked her. Maybe I misunderstood her place in my journey. But I knew she was going to have a place in it somehow.
Surely you have all had a person, or people, come into your life and you think they are meant to fit into one set space. But after a little time you discover that they do fit, but in an entirely different space. Friend. Boyfriend. Girlfriend. Guidance Counselor. Guru. Caregiver. Sounding board. Rock. All are needed and sometimes, on the surface, we see one thing. But when we start to get down to the bones of that person, we see the way they are truly meant to fit. That person who you thought was boyfriend potential is really meant to be your sounding board. The person you saw as a surface friend becomes your constant rock.
I don’t know what lies at the very heart of my connection with Myrtle. But I’m not giving up. I have to see why she was put in my path. I went so far as to post her for sale a couple of places. But when I started getting inquiries I couldn’t answer them. It made me hurt. You can roll your eyes at me if you need to. It won’t be the first time.
I even had a tree taken down in my back yard to make room for her to stay. Because sometimes you have to shift things around in your life, and in your heart, to make room for the people and the things that really matter. And she does. I just don’t know why yet.
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