Colin Hughes Taylor said...

Yahoo, that's awesome! (what the hell is it?)

The Tricyclist said...

Well, I'm not sure how literal your question is, so I'll try to cover both bases:
What it is: Drawing (by old friend Olivia) of a girl kneeling, holding out a heart w/ wings.
What it means: I've held on to this little illustration for about 5 years with this purpose in mind. It used to just be a picture that I liked, but in recent years it has acquired some significance. Basically, at this point in my life I feel more myself than I have ever felt before. And this girl, to me, represents the vulnerability that comes with moving toward my authentic self. For instance, with my family, it can be both nerve-racking and freeing to show them who I am today (let's say, by inviting them to a baptism at my liberal church). When I do things like that, I'm opening myself up to a barage of criticism from them, but making myself vulnerable in that way always leads to my feeling more at ease around them. It's about being comfortable in my own skin, I guess, which I am more and more these days. Let me also say that this process is made infinitely easier by the support I have from my amazing partner.

Finally, I just wanted to note that we will be at church tomorrow. 10:30. At Wellington. We'll be there.