I Found A New Alter Ego, And This Time It Isn’t An Evil Queen.

I have a bad habit of connecting with dead people. Hmmm, is there a better way I could phrase that? I love history and I often find inspiration from men and women who have come before me. They aren’t just names in history books. They are living role models that breath inspiration into my every day life.

I spent the majority of my elementary school days convinced that I was  Laura Ingalls Wilder.

In ninth grade I connected with  Emily Dickinson.

In tenth grade I commiserated with Wheeze from Katherine Patterson’s Jacob Have I Loved. Okay, so she is a fictional character, but she sure was real to me.

In eleventh grade I followed Michelle Obama’s every move, haircut, and dress.

In twelve grade I fancied myself the benefactress of the misunderstood evil queen of France, Catherine Di Medici. In fact, I accidentally applied to college in her name. That’s kinda a funny story.

Today I found a new role model. Growing up, I lived on a house with two acres of forest surrounding it. Those woods became a part of me. Ever since, no matter where I live or am staying, I cannot survive without a forest to confide in.

In later high school life got tough for a few years there. My whole family suffered. The mountains became our escape, a sort of sanctuary. I could almost physically feel emotional weight falling off my shoulders as we drove up to the mountains on many a stormy weekend.

Never, however, have I been able to put my love, my need, and my connection with nature into words. Thank goodness, John Muir, my new alter ego has already done it for me:

(It is also a plus that Muir is the honoree of Muir Woods, my very favorite national park in the whole wide world.)

John Muir Quote

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Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

6 thoughts on “I Found A New Alter Ego, And This Time It Isn’t An Evil Queen.”

  1. Beautiful quotes! I’m going to have to put some of these on pinterest. I’m going to have to look this guy up, he seems really cool! Well, your role models/alter-egos were certainly way cooler than mine were. Well, Jane Penderwick is cool, but definitely not your typical roll model, ahem. XD


    1. JANE PENDERWICK IS WONDERFUL. Other role models I didn’t bother to mention were Carmen Sandiego and Eleanor of Aquitaine. At least Jane Penderwick never plotted world domination. I might need help.


  2. EXCUSE ME BUT YOU APPLIED TO COLLEGE IN CATHERINE DI MEDICI’S NAME? HELLO YOU NEED TO TELL THIS STORY PLEASE. Well, that sounds rude. If it ever strike your fancy, miss, I, along with the rest of your patronage, would be fascinated, I’m sure, to learn the tale of the university-related mishap referenced in your history of admirable figures. Please consider discussing it at some time.

    Anyway, on a more serious note, I really like the John Muir notes. I love the mountains, too, but even more, I like his thought that you should not speak unless it improves the silence—it’s an important thought, and something I should remember more!


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