When Cowgirls Grow Up
Intrigued by a comment by Sue Monk Kidd, in which she said she had always wanted to be a writer. I wondered what affect it had on a life to always know and wondered what had been inspiring me.
To begin, I wrote down the two careers I could recall expressing an interest in as a child and made a list of associated words (cowgirl- boots, lasso….etc). I then just began writing and incorporated the words with freedom. I later changed it to third person and liked how this created a feeling for my life as a co-creation not something I alone made happen. The following is the result of the writing exercise:
Unlike Sue Monk Kidd, as a little girl, Sharon Elliott never dreamed of being a writer. At five, she wanted to be a cowgirl with boots, lasso and a horse. Around eight years old she remembers asking for a nurse’s outfit for Christmas and played nurse with the doctor’s kit, stethoscope, plastic syringe, and tiny candy pills. Later, as an adolescent in the late sixties, she says, “I don’t recall wanting to be anything other than, out of this town and out in the world with some freedom.”
She is out in the world now and with some freedom. Like many woman over fifty, Elliott has freedom and a feeling of responsibility for what she will soon leave behind. These women have much more health and power than their ancestors did at this stage of life and are feeling an urge to enter into a new way of thinking and perceiving while staying in touch with what is at the core of themselves.
So, Sharon Elliott is not a cowgirl or a nurse or even a writer for that matter. With adults of all ages and genders, she creates writing experiences that enliven perception and inspire an inner dialogue with the Self. She still often wears cowgirl boots and maybe she is a healer of sorts, the tiny candy pills replaced by words given the freedom of the range, words like pioneers out on the edges – beyond what was previously known.