I confess – I ‘M A BRAT!
As bad as that sounds – I’m actually quite proud of it.
I want to start off on the right foot.
Let me explain why I chose the image at the top of this blog. Initially I felt that the first image should be of myself. But I couldn’t find one that I felt was the real ME.
Then I came across the image above, with the quote included!! BINGO that was me, even though the child in the photo is NOT me.
There was no credit on it, ’cause I would have asked for permission. But I’m so thankful for this image. It hits the mark when it comes to my beliefs and my personality.
Read on – and more of me will be revealed….
I was a Canadian Air Force BRAT. The term BRAT(S) stands for – Born, Raised And Transferred Somewhere. It’s a term of endearment given to all children of a parent(s) who work in the military.
Being a BRAT meant I was going to live quite a different life from most kids. My parents and I lived in eleven different locations from the time I was born until I left for University.
Has the term defined me in any way?
You bet, because I very quickly figured out that “Strangers are just friends waiting to happen”. I also realized that I had to be open and receptive to many different situations. We were often transferred through the school year. Everything would change. From teachers, to friends, to school subjects, to homes. My life totally changed in a space of 24 hours.
My family became my touchstone and foundation. They were the one constant that supported me through all of the uprooting and resettling that went with our military family lifestyle.
Good parenting made me who I am today. I reek of curiosity, adaptability, strength, determination, and appreciation for all that life has to offer. Today I am a wiser BRAT than “Little Me”. And I will always be very, very curious about everything.
My gypsy-like upbringing makes me very eclectic in my interests. “The Curator of Cool” is my most newest adventure. In this blog, I’ll be calling upon my varied life experiences and delights to create content that will hopefully inspire, inform and tickle your funny bone.
A few years ago, I took part in a weekend retreat. For part of the process I had to take an ‘aerial view’ of my life. Then I had to create a unique timeline and highlight key events in my life.
Next I had to write my ‘Belief Statement’. The core values that fill my life with meaning and direction. Here’s what I created for my belief statement:
• In embracing life with loving enthusiasm and a hearty laugh!
• In the inspirational vibrations of books, music and art
• That animals and intuition are links to the Divine
• In nature’s powerful beauty, rhythms and patterns
• In synchronicity, reincarnation and the Magnificent Equine Spirit