Inventing Your Legendary Wings
by Michelle Ida Fairchild
“As I read about the [Grimke] sisters,
I was drawn more and more to Sarah and what she’d overcome.
Before stepping onto the public stage, she experienced
intense longings for a vocation, crushed hopes, betrayal,
unrequited love, loneliness, self-doubt, ostracism, and suffocating silence.
It seemed to me she had invented her wings
not so much in spite of these things, but because of them.”
~ Sue Monk Kidd
Are you Legendary?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Really we do.
Are you aware of your own Legendness?
If you are aware
please illuminate us as to how you
discovered this about yourself.
(Really, share in the comments below.)
If you do not yet believe
that you are Legendary,
what would it take for you to get there?
What do you believe would need to happen
in order for that to become your reality?
I didn’t believe I was Legendary.
At times I couldn’t even see
my own intrinsic value or worth.
Yes, it’s true.
I didn’t always feel worthy.
I went on a journey,
a dark night of the soul.
I re-discovered myself
there in the darkness,
and what I found was
Soulful Wonder and Wow!
My tribe, the Cosmic Cowgirls,
I took long rides
on a powerful steed
Veils were lifted
that had hindered my vision
and the recognition
of my star-studded soul.
There are still days
when I get dirt kicked in my mouth,
or I get thrown from my horse,
and I am reminded
that life is bumpy,
that I can still bruise and bleed.
But it is the knowing,
of what is true
and about YOU.
We all have a
Light shining within
that cannot be
What if I told you a secret?
Come close so I can whisper
in your ear.
My Legendary self
and can fly.
It is shocking, I know.
Trust me, it astonished me too
when I found out.
In fact I was a bit scared
by the revelation.
Her subtle outlines first appeared
as I brushed purplish hues of paint
onto a blank canvas.
There was no rhyme or reason,
just a playful
applying of color,
But then, there they were
clear as day,
and I ran from that canvas.
She drew me back
when I asked
my five-year old twin daughters
if they knew her name
and Aubrey replied immediately,
Ah yes, Empa.
I returned to the paint
and my brushes
and watched her appear.
I felt such tenderness
I could feel her intensity,
power and fierceness,
yet she was so evidently
tender and kind.
I love her light
and her shadows.
The first attempts
to tell her story
were a struggle,
but then one day
the words flowed out
that all living beings have souls which are connected.
Empa leaves glitter in the wake of her blazing trails.
Empa knows that Cosmic Stardust
and the magical properties of water are the basis for all life.
Empa is Legendary.
She is empathic, intuitive, sensitive.
She deeply senses and feels.
She resides in the heavens and upon the earth.
In the cosmic heavens she glitters with stardust
and her wings propel her across the sky in blissful flight.
Upon the earth she swims with the finned creatures,
walks with the four-legged,
and shares in creation with the two-legged.
Empa embraces the wildness within.
She skydives, rides fast and dances on tables
or in the streets of Paris.
She wears feathers in her hair
and bells and bling on her fingers and toes.
She has a soft heart that easily weeps for others.
She can also feel the intensity
of needing to restrain her fist
in the face of injustice.
She sometimes sits in the shadows,
observing and contemplating life.
She is also strong and bold.
Empa may make a grand entrance wearing a red boa
and dramatic red lipstick
or quietly slip in the backdoor unnoticed.
She has pierced her nose,
along with getting herself permanently inked.
Though her tattoos reflect her primarily optimistic attitude.
Empa is passionate about Love and Art.
Her heart beats to inspire others to love themselves,
and she knows that there is a not-so-secret path
one can take to that very destination.
It is through being a guest in one’s own heart.
It is by creating, painting, writing, dancing, singing, sewing,
and offering prayers that are but a universal song in the heavens.
Empa does not accept a narrow definition of beauty.
She knows that beauty is in the eye of the beholder
and that it ranges far and wide, is varied and eclectic
and is not for one person or one culture to define.
Empa chooses life, even when it is hard and painful
for she knows that there is more to this world
than meets the eyes,
for she has flown with the hawks, eagles and butterflies,
she has run with the wolves and the lions,
she has swum with the whales and the salmon,
she has slithered with the snakes
and she has burned with a rising Phoenix.
You are Legendary.
You simply may not know it yet.
“On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
‘Life will never be the same.’
Because there had never been anyone like you…
ever in the world.”
~ Nancy Tillman, from On the Night You Were Born
Michelle Fairchild is married to a middle school science teacher and is also mama to identical twin daughters, who are very active 7-year-olds who keep her dancing. She is a writer and artist who has a business called Red Boa Productions. She also works for a non-profit foster-adoption agency in Northern California. At Heart she is a soulful and sensitive intuitive, a courageous creator, a resilient visionary, a self-esteem fluffer, a marvelous music mixer and one who offers up bridges of connections to her fellow travelers. She believes We Are All Meant to Shine! You can learn more about Michelle’s vision, read more of her writing and peruse or purchase her art on her website We Are All Meant to Shine!