Can a 55 year old woman with two kids and a husband be a warrior? Hell yeah.
As much as anything being a warrior is an archetype, a mindset, an attitude to life.
I’ve had a few challenges lately. I think the Universe has been trying to tell me something about my usual mild mannered ways. I’m the typical Taurean bull – quiet and peaceful and sucks it up for ages until I’ve had enough and then there’s an explosion that you really don’t want to be around for. There’s been a number of individuals that I’ve come across recently who have been down right obnoxious and bullying, and I’ve caught the sharp end of their temper. One of them even chased me into a bar to inform me what a horrible person I was. My daughter nearly peed herself laughing when I told her about it. As she put it “Mum was in a bar fight!” Thanks babes. I’ve a feeling that I really need to grow up and gain a backbone or I’ll suffer this crap for the rest of my life, which is not an appealing prospect.
I’ve always loved hard stuff. I don’t mind physical or for that matter mental hardship and I relish a challenge. So from now on I’m taking on my warrior archetype, until it is no longer useful and there is a tiny ninja turtle figure on my windowsill to remind me to harden up.
So what is an archetype? According to Dictionary.com they are:
An original model after which other similar things are patterned. In the psychology of Carl Jung, archetypes are the images, patterns, and symbols that rise out of the collective unconscious and appear in dreams, mythology, and fairy tales.
So the Warrior archetype would be a kind of universal symbol of a warrior of which most of us would agree on the qualities personified. A warrior should exhibit for example :
- Strength (both inner and outer)
- Physical fitness
- Ability to work alone
- On a quest
- Takes no crap
- Slightly scary……
Where I am going with this post, is that I believe that at certain points we need to take on the mantle of another personality to enable us to get on with our lives. At the moment I really need to be a Warrior, but I could see that perhaps later in life I could take on the mantle of a Sage or a Poet or a Mystic to fulfill my purpose.
Now every morning I meditate on what it is to be a Warrior and feel my inner strength and courage. Please don’t let it take a “bar fight” for you to discover yours!
May this be of use to you