Discovering my spirit animal

The web is full of opportunities to take quizzes. Everything from what’s your Hogwart’s house to what city should you live in. My daughter and I often joke about them as we sparkle with intrigue awaiting the results. She happens to be obsessed with animals. Animals of all kinds. Her spirit animal is a tiger, per playbuzz.com, but she’s often flying down the hallway of our home with arms stretched wide and screeching sounds coming from her as she takes on her dragon character. On top of that, whatever book she’s immersed in serves her animal imagination well, right now we are in the cat zone – she’s reading Warriors books faster than I can keep them stocked up.

It got me wondering what my spirit animal was. Funnily enough, that’s a quiz I’ve yet to take on my own. I’ve gone through my own periods of obsession with giraffes and owls. But, not because they appeared to me in visions or dreams. So before accepting the random assignment of a Google search result, I truly pondered my spirit animal destiny. What am I? What do I feel like most days? The first thing that popped into mind? You’ll never guess. I’m still a little perplexed. Okay, here it goes. A platypus.

One might think, wow, sorry. That’s really too bad. How uninspiring and awkward. I know I did. I tilted my head to the side with a, hmph. At first glance my spirit animal lacked swag. Or so I thought. Then I turned to the wonderful world of Wikipedia.

A platypus is a hodgepodge. A mixed up looking creature with the bill of a duck, a tail like a beaver and webbed feet similar to an otter. It’s the only mammal that lays eggs. It’s fur is waterproof and similar to that of a mole. This thing is like a jackknife of the animal kingdom.

I often times feel like a hodgepodge myself. Especially when I think of all the things I’ve done and want to do. It often feels like I have phases of my life that don’t necessarily intersect, except for the fact that they all belong to me. My varied life and work experiences from California to New York to Alaska, from dance to theatre to advertising, have proven to myself that I’m adaptable. I can do anything that I put my mind to. It’s not to say there aren’t struggles or what seem like insurmountable challenges at times. But if history tells me anything, I know how to adapt. How to evolve. I feel like I’m in a period of change right now.

Okay, this platypus thing got me excited. So after all this platypus pondering, I decided to try my hand a couple of quizzes. Results: Butterfly, Whale, Horse. See…hodgepodge. Platypus it is!

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