Wild Woman and the Hobbit

Image: Catrin Welz-Stein

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins

Out the door and onto the road. Who knows what might happen? 
A part of me loves the road. I call her my inner Wild Woman. 
She is like a storm, constantly moving, shifting and changing. You can’t predict her. You can’t understand her. She is full of wild and untiring passion for life. I feel her when I sing from the heart and dance around the living room to my favourite songs. I feel her sometimes unexpectedly, when I see something beautiful, something precious, like the light of the sun streaming through the branches of a secret garden, or when I feel the wind in my hair while walking up a hill and the feel of it is like the touch of a hand drumming my inner wildness to life. 
A part of me fears the road. I call her my inner Hobbit.
She is like a warm home, complete with a fireplace, cup of tea and good book. She loves curling up in the sofa and reading her favourite books over and over again. She loves cooking and baking goodies for others to enjoy. She loves walking barefoot outdoors and watching the flowers grow. I feel her when I return home to sanctuaries of old. I feel her purr at the simple delight of baking a pie or bathing in a patch of sunlight all afternoon.
Oh my beloved friends, Wild Woman and Hobbit. In order to thrive I need to take care of both of them. They are a part of me. But sometimes they simply refuse to listen to one another. 
Wild Woman says, “I have to go!”
Hobbit says, “I’m not going unless you have a plan!”
Wild Woman says, “Oh you’re so boooring. Let’s just go and see what happens!”
Hobbit says, “I’m not going anywhere without my second breakfast!”
Sometimes Hobbit and Wild Woman make peace with one another. I have found now in recent years that they are actually beginning to get along. To my utter surprise, I’ve even come across the two in deep discussion, making plans together. 
Wild Woman and Hobbit are learning to listen to one another, one step at a time. Packing for my latest trip, I threw a couple of emergency tea bags in my backpack so that Hobbit could relax knowing we won’t be without tea.
Wild Woman thinks Hobbit is a bit silly sometimes, and Hobbit thinks Wild Woman is irresponsible, but secretly, they are good old friends and have a lot of fun together. 


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