I don’t typically do Throwback Thursday, mainly because I don’t have many pictures of myself (at least none that have been scanned into easily shareable mediums), but recently, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of seeing the movie Inside Out and I was inspired to do something a little different than most.
I thought that I would share what I feel are some of my Core Memories and the Islands of Personality they help power.
“Tribe and Family” – Family Island
All of my life, I’ve been surrounded by a large group of friends-turned-family. Childhood friends of my mother who were aunts, neighbors who were as much parent to me as my own, friends who were like siblings. Later, when I learned that I was, in fact, adopted, it solidified for me that the bond of family is so much more than simply blood.
“Mine Tat” – Fur Baby Island
Family legend states that I didn’t speak as a baby or a toddler. It was so pronounced, apparently, that my parents became concerned that I might be deaf and took me to a hearing specialist who, of course, found nothing wrong. It wouldn’t be until I was three years old that I felt motivated to talk and my first words were “Mine Tat”.
What inspired this utterance you might ask? My mother brought home a beautiful white Himalayan kitten whose name became “Tat”.
And from that day forward, I have loved animals of all types.
“Sci-Fi and Fantasy” – Adventure Island
I literally can’t tell you the first time I saw Star Wars. It has been a part of the fabric of my existence for as long as I can remember. My mother and her boyfriend at the time took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark when it was in theaters. I stayed up far past my bedtime to sneak viewings of Robocop and The Terminator at far too young an age. I naturally gravitated toward stories that happened in worlds populated with wizards and elves, robots and aliens and spent many other nights under my covers, reading the Chronicles of Narnia and other tales by flashlight.
“Stories” – Make Believe Island
Although I didn’t start actually writing stories until college, I always had a very rich internal narrative going. I was constantly making up stories; building on stories I saw in television shows and books, making up characters of my own, even just extrapolating forward what might happen in a given situation. And once I did start writing… whew, does this island get a workout!
I’m certain there are others, but those are the ones that feel the most formative to me. What are some of your core memories and what Islands of Personality would the power for you?