Google says, “A spirit animal is characterized as a teacher or messenger that comes in the form of an animal and has a personal relationship to an individual”.
I didn’t know what my spirit animal was and if I were to assume what it could be, I felt I might be an elephant or a lion or a wolf( I think that’s the side-effect of an overdose of Ice Age and Jungle Book!!!). But, then came Google to my rescue yet again( as per online test- ‘What’s your spirit animal?’) with surprising results!!!
a) My spirit animal is a bird😎
b) The very first time I saw my spirit animal(at that time, I did not even know what a spirit animal is), I was terrified. My naive understanding is that one should have a close affinity with your guardian angel or mentor, no matter how strange she/he/it may be. I assume you also might tremble in fear when you see a pair of googly eyes staring from a pale, flat, heart-shaped face at night directly at you from the tree branch by your window.😉
c)Growing up in a lush green environment surrounded by tall trees, green foliage and sparkling waters, birds always were a part of my growing years. The first thing that comes to my mind is my half-eaten mangoes and guavas- courtesy of the myriad of sweet singing birds; the second thing is how my mother managed to keep the newly hatched chickens from the eagles.- Well, I can only dream of all those days now.I have always seen my mother keep some grains or a tiny portion of food for them daily-a habit that instilled itself in me. Even now, when I’m far away from home, in fast-paced city life, some crows, parrots and sparrows find their way to my grains bowl in my balcony.
But never my spirit animal- not then, not till date😥 It never came to eat my grains.
d)In short, I’ve heard more of my ‘animal’ than I’ve seen it. And the few times I had seen it, I was scared as hell.
So, do I not believe in spirit animals?
Well, I have no idea. I don’t know whether I should/ should not believe in the concept of spirit animals. Honestly, I’d say my interest is piqued.
So I read a bit more about my spirit animal specifically. The traits of my personality( as per my spirit animal) is worth an applause. If I were to list a few from the vast number of qualities mentioned, those would be
Impressive, right? Even I’m impressed, though I’m not so sure as to how much I share these commendable traits.
After reading about my animal or rather, a bird, I feel, I shouldn’t have been scared because the traits also mentioned of its air of diffidence, preference to solitude and being awake at night- that’s so ME. Maybe, I’m my spirit animal in some ways. I may never know the truth of it or if there is any truth to be known. Still, I’m waiting to meet my spirit animal once more – with less fear and more understanding.
Hope it doesn’t attack me.For, when the whole world sleeps, I would seriously love to have a friendly chat or a wise discourse with my spirit animal – The Owl!!!
( Thank you Jude for hosting The Saturday Symphony. )