I’ve lived many lives. No, I’m not referring to past lives, though I have been fortunate to learn quite a bit about my soul from past life regressions. What I’m talking about is living many lives in this life. If you think about how many jobs you’ve had, friends, family, etc., it’s enough to feel like you’ve lived a thousand lifetimes.
I set out on this journey called life 38 years ago. After a tumultuous childhood, I began my career teaching ballroom dance at prestigious schools. I competed in American Rhythm, something I could only dream about. I moved to New York City, starred in Off-Broadway plays, and appeared in television shows and in horrible horror films no one ever saw.
While terrified of elevators, I lived with my best friend in Midtown West on the twenty-seventh floor of a luxury high-rise. I was an office manager for a plastic surgeon, learning more about breasts, liposuction, fillers, and botox than you could ever want to know.
I went to film school at thirty with a class of 18-25-year-olds. And as if all that wasn’t super fun, I was fired by my biological father AND employed by a company that was raided by the FBI…twice! I started my production company, made films, wrote books and screenplays, met the love of my life in the theater, got married, and had a super cute baby.
Many times throughout my journey, I thought the end was near, and I would never survive the change. I’ve been fired more times than President Trump has lied. I’ve had the rug pulled out from under me numerous times, yet I get up and dust myself off. I remember that this, too, shall pass.
Most recently, I experienced another life-altering change. All the same, questions that plague anyone involved in a crisis came to mind. “What the fuck am I going to do now?” Everyone whom I spoke to at that time said the same thing,” Don’t worry. It’s only temporary.”
While my intuition told me this was the truth, the reality of my situation did very little to calm my nerves. How long is it temporary? While I struggled with this question, I realized it was time for action, not reflection.
Refusing to fall down, I dusted off my big girl pants and got to work. As the months passed, I slowly began reinventing myself, my business, and my life.
The unlimited power we have is incredible when we put our minds to something. As I battled through each obstacle paving a new path, I remembered something significant; life is constantly changing, and adaptability is the key to survival. Who we were yesterday is not who we are today, and who we are today is not who we will be tomorrow.
As we go through our lives, we understand that reinventing ourselves is embracing and facing the unknown head-on. While it can seem terrifying, all these lives we live during one lifetime adds to the complexity of our character and the richness of the earth experience. We are inventors, creators, observers, artists, scientists, and philosophers all in one single journey. We must have our hearts broken to appreciate the frailty of human existence.
While life can bring with it a multitude of experiences, both good and bad, we must never forget that it is indeed what we make of it. As sure as the sun rises and sets, the wheel of fortune will turn.
The lesson the universe is trying to teach us is that while we may be rich or poor, sick or healthy, loved or lonely, this fantastic gift called life that we have been given is, in fact, only temporary.