As if being born on the shortest day of the year and turning 45 at the putative end-of-the-world in 2012 weren’t enough, I do have further evidence of my possibly divine status/birthright to guru-dom.
Namely, my immaculate conception.
Even having been born in the late 60’s and being a child of the 70’s, I wasn’t the brightest bulb in the box when it came to sex. When it finally dawned on me one day as a tween sitting in the kitchen staring at the date on my parents’ rosemaling embellished anniversary plate, it took me a couple of hours to get up the nerve to ask: “Mom, how many months does a pregnancy last?”
Because even counting three times, I was quite certain there were only six months between my parents’ wedding date and my own birth.
My parents were high school sweethearts and I was born during Dad’s final year of college. Hardly scandalous material even back then. And I certainly don’t mean to disparage my parents in any way, as their generation shows far more loyalty, resilience, and just plain decency than my own. My parents lived through Dad’s service in the Vietnam War and went on to have three more kids after me. They have been married forever now, and from what I can gather, Dad still thinks Mom is groovier than Marcia Brady and foxier than any Bond girl of any decade.
Which is why I still have just a wee bit of trouble believing Mom’s story:
“We just must have been hyper fertile. I swear we didn’t even have sex. Your father just got a little too close one night … of course we waited until after we were married to try it again.”
Did I mention my parents were born the same year Bill Clinton was? (Maybe their generation has a slightly more narrow view of what constitutes sex? And if two decades make that much difference, I wonder how the meaning of “virgin” might have evolved over 2000+ years?)
But on second thought, I do believe Mom.
It wasn’t my parents’ fault.
I simply wanted to be born too badly. I was in a hurry.
And now that I have just 135 days left until the End-of-the-World, I feel more panicked than ever to squeeze everything I possibly can into life.
Which reminds me that I promised to reveal nothing less than the Meaning of Life in this post. Being the immaculately conceived Guru-Goddess that I am, I am unabashed by this challenge and will simply do what all the other gurus do.
I will borrow someone else’s thoughts on this. Here goes …
The purpose of life is:
“To be the eyes and ears and conscience of the Creator of the Universe, you fool.”
— Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions.
I don’t remember much about Vonnegut’s novel (apart from loving everything the man has ever written), but find his theory amazingly comforting. The longer I go without working a “real” job, the more material I need to rationalize my hope that writing (“being the eyes and ears of the universe”) may, in fact, be all that is required of us.
But if simply observing the world is what we’re here for, I just realized I will never meet a guru who possesses more wisdom than my cat:
I don’t know about you, but I find this slightly disturbing … my cat charges less than $2 per day (two cans of Fancy Feast plus all the premium kibble he can eat). How will I ever make a living as a Goddess?
What about you? What are your experiences with Gurus? Spill everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly … maybe I can even convince Boris to impart some of his wisdom in a reply if you have Pounce treats.