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Are You Willing To Ride a Wild Mustang?

Wild Mustangs

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.  Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now,  because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now.

Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet, 1903

Four years ago, Rilke’s words changed my life.  I had read them before, but this time they murmured out of the cornfield like Kevin Costner’s phantom voice.

Live the questions

Live the questions?  What about all the answers I’ve been chasing?

Live the questions

And flip went the paradigm holding up my life.

I was a “Why Child”, a question-asker, a seeker from a young age. I banged around in them as freely as I ran through the fields of our farm.  When I got older and moved to New York City, the questions became shields in my army, weapons of defense in the hopeless struggle to ‘get it right’.  The more I tightened my ranks, the farther behind I fell. It was a war without possibility of a winner.

Then the wayward voice, whispering in the grasses, set off a kaleidoscopic shift,  prying open my grip and letting me breathe again.

Live the questions

The Life in Play blog is a place to live the questions, to be curious, perhaps a little uncomfortable, and to play; I want to see what will happen when I break myself open to the audaciousness of possibility.  I envision this blog as fuel for co-creativity, where we inspire each other to travel farther and deeper than we could ever go alone.

Questions are like mustangs. Raw and wild, bucking fiercely in the distance. Grab one by its mane and hop on, get tossed around by it, see how you feel sitting on its back.  Journal on it. Meditate with it. Open the door to it each morning for a hundred days and watch where it takes you.  Then wander back to share where you have been.  This is our story to create, our wild mustangs to ride. Live a life in play and one day, “without even noticing it, [you’ll] live your way into the answer.”

Are you willing to ride a wild mustang?

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  1. Laura #

    Love the post – looking forward to following the questions.

    January 19, 2012
    • Thank you, Laura. I’m excited to see where this goes. Is there a question you’d like to explore? You can share one here or send it to me through my contact page.

      January 24, 2012
  2. The question for me today is how to ride the wild mustang when life is slow and seemingly uneventful. I know that deep inside I have a world of feeling, but some days I can’t get access to it. And why is feeling so important? Because it drives me to insight and creates a trajectory of exploration. Otherwise I’m left with a dissatisfied mind that is all too good at spinning its own wheels.

    January 21, 2012
    • What a good question, Kristina! How do you ride the wild mustang when life is slow and uneventful?

      I’ve recently been through a really quiet time in my life where everything got small. I felt myself shrinking away like Alice tumbling down into the Rabbit Hole, and that one day I’d wake up and have no life left in my life. I was used to riding wild mustangs. I needed big energy like I needed the air to breathe.

      I got one of the greatest gifts from that time – I learned how to listen deeply and hear the subtle beauty of the undertones I had missed. I also realized that within me, there was the wildest of wild mustangs waiting to be found. I wrote morning pages each day and was shocked by what erupted onto them… passages titled “Bionic Super Bitch” and “The tsunamiing of my life” or simply “FUUUUCK!” At that time, I was physically unable to lasso a pony, so I explored the only space left to me, my internal world.

      If you are physically able, the best way in is through the body, which is the back door to our emotions and brain. So get it moving! Take up salsa, get a punching bag, learn tai chi; do breath work, yoga, or walking meditation. If your body is moving, your mustang will run. Second, bring more fun into your life. Plan a trip, finger paint or get your hands muddy with clay; organize a women’s circle around topics you love. Fuel your creativity: import friends for themed creative weekends, write a screenplay, teach a class on something you’ve always wanted to explore. Give yourself a question a month to live in. Write on it each day, see how many places it will take you.

      Find what feeds you and devour it! And please share any insight you gain in your travels. Life is an adventure, even in the quietest of times. I’d love to hear where yours takes you.

      January 24, 2012
  3. it’s always been one of my dreams to (literally!) ride a wild mustang… right now i need extra inspiration to jump on a figurative, bare, equine back and shout “yeee-haaaaa!!” so MANY thanks to you! hope you’ll enjoy my blog posts from Kiki’s world…:)

    January 31, 2012
  4. Thank’s Kate! It’s always easier to grab on when you know you’ve got people riding next to you. I hope you’ll join in the discussion as I know you have lots to share.
    I’ll be sure to check out Kiki’s World. She was an amazing woman – we should all aspire to live like Kiki.

    February 6, 2012

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