Years ago I quit my lucrative internet career to "find myself".
"How can you leave this career?", people gasped.
"It's the internet boom and they pay you, a girl in her 20's, more money than our parents made. They fly you to Australia and other cool places. Besides, they give you Nerf toys to play with and they don't make you wear shoes! Are you crazy?"
What I said was, "Yes."
What I did not say was, "The other day while doing the dishes I started hearing voices." I'm not that crazy. ;)
Start The Search
So me and my voices left Los Angeles and the internet world, and went on the Great Search For Meaning.
During this search I did what all serious students of spirituality do: I took one million classes (the stranger the better), asked one billion questions (mostly about me), eschewed all that is corporeal in this world (like my day job) and went bankrupt.
And just to be sure the Universe knew I was serious I even changed my name. Legally. To something spiritual-sounding like...Alora.
In truth, it was a wonderful journey and I loved it all. Except for the ghosts part. That part freaked me out.
However, now I can say Goodbye to searching and Hello to enlightenment because last week I discovered the secret to self empowerment while watching Scooby Doo.
You may think I am kidding but I assure you I am very, very serious.
Scooby Dooby Doo
If you've never seen Scooby Doo I cannot help you. Go watch some Scooby Doo and come back later.
Those of you who grew up with Scooby Doo like me - gather round and listen up.
Picture with me the following...
In the movie Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase the gang gets zapped into a video game starring...themselves.
So that we can tell the difference between the "real" gang and the "cyber" gang when they interact the "real" gang had their wardrobes updated from the obviously-created-in-1969 style.
So when the modern Fred in his snazzy new blue shirt meets his originally-dressed double in the video game he looks askance at that funky orange ascot (see photo). He comments with a quirked eyebrow, "An ascot?"
And this is where enlightenment struck with her mighty sword:
Cyber-Fred smiles a big broad smile. With total enthusiasm he answers, "Works for me!"
With that said they all happily join forces to capture the Tar Monster and The Creeper and other nefarious villains.
What an amazing response!
No hemming and hawing. No questioning himself. No embarrassment or feeling awkward. No trying to explain himself with much stammering while sharing waaaaaaay too much information.
Just totally embracing and loving Who He Is.
Oh, how I wish I had discovered this sooner. Think of all the awkward conversations I could have avoided about my choices.
"Oh, you... homeschool? You changed your name? You talk to, what do you call them... spirit guides?"
Me, grinning ear to ear: "Works for me!"
Now when I am faced with life I just ask myself: What Would Cyber-Fred Do?
What, you're not convinced? Ok. Would you do it for a Scooby Snack? No?
How about...two Scooby Snacks? :)