Monday, May 23, 2011

Naked with Chanel No 5: Day 31: Matisse, Mountains, and Midnights

I'm perhaps so overly excited right now that it has resulted in a bit of writer's block!

Do I want to share with you the story of my Friday post studying glass of wine with a dear friend who has found a new nest tucked away in a tree-house and is ready to take flight on the inevitably terrifying process of starting anew as a divorce begins? I have been in her shoes. Many of us have worn those shoes and we share so much. While stories are different and the pain is so very private, it is not ultimately a unique experience. We are a new generation facing love and loss just as many have before.

Should I tell you about the magical inspiration of a Woody Allen film, Midnight's in Paris? The picture captured perfectly the fantasy of meetings one's muse while walking in Paris in the rain. The gentle comedy of a mismatched couple unraveling and the reminder that there will most certainly be a new stranger to meet on a bridge to somewhere - inspired in tandem. Again the evening was shared with a like minded and similarly strong woman who's independence from marriage years ago came as an equal chilling shock. She survived, thrived and so will I.

Or how about the story of a hike in a new direction. Accustomed to the beaten path my adventurous climbing partner and I turned to another mountain and found ourselves lost in a canyon. Without a certain direction we wandered through a gorgeous green woodland to an open horse field and then along Sunset blvd for miles to get home. Inspired as always by her insightful reflection and similar life's experiences, we came up with a plan for the next phase of Naked with Chanel No: 5 because I am most definitely not ready to dive back into dating in nine days!

I am too jumbled with ideas, and laughter to calm myself into a conscious stream of thought. Instead I will turn to a whiteboard wall of ideas phrases and be grateful that as I sit here in the library at UCLA with two more brilliant classmates I am learning a lot about life, love, and finance and perhaps how to be perfectly satisfied by the inspiration of friendship, the power of a community and not at all afraid to be Naked with Chanel No: 5.

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