The Feel Good Idea Of The Day: Embrace your Wild Child

She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims...
— Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things"

I would wear the pictured flowers in my hair right now.  They are not in bloom, but I can dream of the way they smell, and the sound they make when I clip them from their branch.  The weather is dry and so some sticks and dried sage will have to do, a rustic and wild hair-do.  Yes, that will have to do for this wild gal.

There is an essential part of me, that wild girl--as the above quote describes; that at times, I ache for.  The girl that painted in her first apartment late into the night.  The girl who would bang out poetry on her type-writer and use any art form to transform her regular reality.  I was never as mysterious as the girl described in the quote: "She spoke to no one."  I was an insider trying to get out, loving the transportive quality of youth and inexperience, but not having a name for it.

I have spoken to many women friends, and there is a common thread among us that plays to the tune of:  "I don't feel like I am as creative as I used to be when I was younger.  I miss that part of myself that used to make art and go on adventures, I want to have more of that, NOW.  But I don't know how."  

Although we can never be those girls again, we can practice embracing the pieces of our youth that we idealize:  painting, poetry, dance, adventuring, spontaneity.  We are women now, and though some grieving for the loss of our younger selves is necessary; we can still embrace our inner wild child.  The wild child will always be a part of us.  That is why we ache deeply for the feelings of freedom she brings to us.

My wish for each of us, is that we may allow the wild child access to our adult selves.  Being present with the way our wild child would like to be embraced, this can take countless forms and shades...but, here are some ideas to get you going.  (click on the links for further exploration on each topic.)

taking a drive on the open road

dancing

painting

walking

writing

getting immersed in a good book

cooking

Play and experiment.  I invite you to weave your experience amongst these words by writing in the comments section below. 


Hello.  My name is Jill.  I am excited to help you embrace your wild child.  To learn more about the sessions I offer and how you can work with me, please visit the spa menu page.  Please explore my blog!  It is full of resources for you.