I think my spirit animal is the cat.
According to https://www.spiritanimal.info, the cat carries many meanings revolving around the balance between seemingly opposites, such as inner and outer, action and rest, and light and dark. It’s strongly symbolic of the connection with what usually hides in darkness or the unknown. The cat generally represents:
- Patience, waiting for the right moment to act
- Independence, yet enjoying social connections
- Spirit of adventure, courage
- Deep, relaxed connection with self
- Healing from the inside out
- Curiosity, exploration of the unknown or the unconscious
Independence, yet enjoying social connections
I love to periodically get together with my friends and family, but there is a time and place for it. After spending time with people, I need my time to decompress. Even when we are on vacation with the entire family, I have my own room to escape to when things are getting too much. When at home, my main preference is to stay at home, but I do love seeing people occasionally.
Spirit of adventure, courage
I love to explore new places and find new things to do. One summer in college, it was time to go back to Eau Claire from Door County. I’d driven from the cabin back to Beaver Dam on numerous occasions, but never across the state to Eau Claire. I had so much fun! It was before cell phones, so I had to stop at each Kwik Trip to look at the map to make sure I was still heading in the right direction, but it gave me such a feeling of empowerment to do it on my own.
My spirit of adventure also takes shape when I’m traveling. I hate to ask people questions. I’m of the opinion that I’ll figure it out if necessary. From driving in different places in the US to traveling abroad, I’m willing to take the leap to explore and figure it out!
Deep, relaxed connection with self
This one is a work in progress. I’m becoming much more connected to who I am and accepting of that fact. I’ve become secure being on my own since the divorce and actually have found that I enjoy it. I’m enjoying being able to do what I want when I want and not having to approve it with anyone other than myself.
When thinking of my spirit animal, you are supposed to think of what animal you see the most or what you dream of and that seems to hold true for this. Cats keep seeming to find me. First, it was Cheese and Bleachy (Jessica’s cats), and now Cheech and Chong (Bradley’s cats). Even though they aren’t truly my cats, I’m in harmony with the ways that they act and their personalities.