I’ve always loved helicopter seeds. When I was a kid, I never made the connection to maple trees. I love those too – strong, beautiful trees that provide shade and of course maple syrup! But back then, helicopter seeds were just fun things I found on the ground. I’d collect a small handful and toss them into the air above my head. I loved to watch them swirl around me and marvel at their seemingly random paths to the ground. Oh, how I wanted to fly on one! The freedom!
The thing about helicopter seeds is that you can’t force them in any particular direction. They never fly in a straight path, yet they seem to always land exactly where they should. We used to play a game where we’d try to fly one down onto that dandelion or in this small patch of dirt. We got lucky a couple of times, but other than that we could never really do it. They’d still flutter and fly and follow their own path guided by their own nature.
What I realized over the years is that sadly, we women CAN be forced into directions that are against our nature. Often, it’s our own doing – or maybe undoing is a better way to put it. We struggle to live up to other people’s ideas of who we should be. Trying to be that perfect mother, wife, and career woman that everyone expects. Trying to be and do and have it all, and of course always nailing everything as we go. Sounds a little unrealistic when you say it out loud, doesn’t it?
We need to be more like helicopter seeds. When we trust in our nature and rely on our own path, good things happen. That doesn’t mean leaving our own fate to randomness. After all, the helicopter seed’s path is only SEEMINGLY random to our eyes, which is completely different than actually random. (And isn’t it curious that when women follow their own paths, they’re also called “random” or “hysterical”… or worse?)
A helicopter seed follows the path it’s supposed to follow, no matter where we want it to go.
The lesson for me is that we need to be making decisions based on our own inner nature, not on outside forces or society’s games. When we let go of other people’s expectations and go our own twirly way, we land where we are supposed to land. We land where we can sprout, take root, and grow.
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