Joy for Beginners, Marion
As with Hadley’s character, I found some resonance with Marion, the character in this week’s chapter. I too grew up in the mid-west and was “a child who did mostly what was expected of her.” When I was younger I secretly longed to do something really crazy and outlandish with my appearance, but never possessed the bravery to really do it. Later in life, during a time of major transition, I started feeling a strong urge to express my individuality in a tangible way. Initially I told myself that I was too old to do anything too crazy, but the urge wouldn’t go away. I soon found myself making an appointment to get my navel pierced — a marking that most of the world will never see, but held great significance for me. Like Marion, I found that making a statement on my body somehow gave me the strength to express myself more fully and clearly in other ways. Even the contemplation of getting a tattoo gave Marion the inspiration to begin writing fiction — something she had always longed to do.
Have you ever found that doing something you’ve always dreamed of has given you the strength to tackle something even bigger? Is there something that you’re still waiting to do, but think that you’re too old, too busy, too afraid of what others will say or think? Do you think that reading this book may change your mind?