What does it mean to live a legendary life?
Choosing to live a legendary life means giving ourselves permission to be amazing. We define what “amazing” is for ourselves. It is not the “what” of living, but the “how.” Choosing to be legendary is more than an attitude and more than a way of being. When we choose to be legendary we have decided that we are defining the context in which our lives will be lived and experienced. Do you want vitality? Self-expression? Do you want to feel like your life is purposeful? Do you want to live as an artist, with creativity as a central theme? There is a sparkling destiny waiting for you to say YES!
The incredibly good news is that as soon as you choose, the legend begins to do its teaching. We begin to put in context what has already occurred and what we are creating as a part of the whole design. We are the designer, and our life is the creation. The more we choose to create a life of meaningful relationships and projects, the more we call towards ourselves that which is in alignment with our legendary values. But even before we can define what is legendary for us we have to define our values—what is important to us. When we are clear on that, we then can proceed to invent a way of approaching life that creates it as consistent with our values.
An awakened heart is the groundwork for being able to transform our legendary life into a life that serves others and becomes a blessing to the world. The true joy of life is found through being a blessing to others. When it is a part of our legend to ease suffering, “others” will be not only a focus, but an inspiration to continue to maintain the power of creating ourselves as legendary. We do not become legendary out of a desire to be “great” as in famous—but out of a desire to first be great, as in our own eyes.
How, we might ask, are we to begin this journey of self-invention and the creation of the legendary self? The woman in possession of herself and her identity. The first step is to make the decision to be legendary. Then begin a series of questions and explorations in your life, asking things like: What makes me feel proud? Happy? In what ways do I want to express myself as an artist? When have I felt my best? Who are my sheroes/heroes? Who do I want to grow up to be? What have I always wanted to do? What would bring me bliss? What would I be wearing, where would I be going, as my legendary self. Our legendary self is a combination of what is, what is next, and an active imagination. The dictionary describes legend as myth, saga, epic, tale, story, folk tale, folk story, fairy tale, fable, mythos, folklore, lore, mythology, fantasy, oral history, folk tradition, urban myth. You don’t have to share it with others. It does not have to make sense. You just have to practice being legendary in the privacy of your own wild heart.
Want to know a secret? You will know it is your legend if it excites you. If the hair on your arms stands up. If you want to dance and you don’t know why. If you smile when you see yourself that way. Creativity is the substance through which your search will occur. Art is the medium that legend is born through. Whether it be a dance, a painting, a poem, a chicken soup, a quilt, a beaded necklace or shawl—bringing FORM to our thoughts creates a shift within us that grants access to the inner workings of the legendary self.
Our identity lives inside of our creative soul. We cannot just think it. We have to do it. That is why practicing art will be the most powerful change agent that will inform your process. It does not matter if you are good if you know how to do it. What matters is that you do it with intention. You approach the canvas, and you invite your legendary self to come forward. What are her colors? Her symbols? Her patterns? Her sounds, shapes, songs and stars. Does she wear a cosmic cloak? Red cowgirl boots? Does she look like shaman? Does she heal? Sing? Dance? Create miracles? What is her role in life? Ask her!
Through contemplative creativity begin searching your life, past, present, and future for your legendary woman self. Invite her to tea. Invite her into your journal. Let her out of your closet. Go and buy her a pair of new shoes. Cater to her. Take her to the museum, to the park. Listen for her voice. Listen to your heart. Take notes. This is your official permission slip to begin!
Why not be legendary?
Did I mention how much more fun life is when we identify as a legend?
Well, it is.
What does it mean to live a legendary life?