The Fortune Tellers Tent: What’s Your Path?
‘Fortuna, Renowned Psychic!’
…read the sign.
The twenty-something woman stared or a moment, then took a deep breath, pushing through the heavy tapestries sheilding the doorway. Blinking to adjust her eyes to the shadows, she peered towards the figure sitting behind the small table. “Hello?”
“What will it be today, my dear? A future of fame? Romance, riches?” the stereotyped faux-gypsy woman started into her spiel, already shuffling a deck of colorful cards. “Let’s see what handsome lover awaits–”
“None of that,” interrupted the girl, tossing a long strip of carnival tickets on the table. “It’s more important.”
“What on this fair earth is more important than true love, honey?” came the reply, in a practiced, velvet tone.
“Please don’t call me honey. I want to know my path.”
“Yes. The direction my life should be following. What I’m meant to DO. Where I’m supposed to go. You know what I mean. My path!”
The faux gypsy stared for a moment, and sighed. She pushed the tickets back across the table towards the girl, and stood up. A look of panic crossed the girls face. “But I NEED to know… really!”
“Hush.” The fortune teller stepped forward, then placed one hand on either side of the girl’s face, and looked into her eyes. Slowly, gently, she tilted the girls head, first one way, then the other, then down, until the girls chin nearly touched her chest and she had nowhere to look but the floor.
“Tada!!!” the woman said with excitement, dropping her hands to gesture wildly at the girls feet. “THERE it is! Revealed!”
The girl glanced up in confusion.
“No, No… down! Under your feet. What’s THAT? Oh my my my… it’s your PATH!”
“What? But that’s not what I mean… ”
Fortuna sighed, and sat back down. “Sweetie, it IS what you mean. You’re asking about your path, your direction. You want to know what your life is supposed to be about, what you were created to do, right?”
The girl nodded.
“Then keep walking. Your path is under your feet. It’s the reason you’re here. It’s why you’re on this spot of earth, in this tent, talking to me right now. Everywhere that’s behind you? Every step you’ve taken, it’s lead you to this. And this.. this place you’re centered in right now? It determines your options from this point forward, informed by where you’ve been, your past experiences. ”
“But I want the spirits to guide me on it.”
“You don’t even know what spirits are, hon and no, I’m not going to teach you that. Not today, anyway. Not in THIS tent.
“But what you need isn’t your fortune told, for some con artist to have a fake spirit to rap on a table and tell you what to do. What you need is some bloody confidence in yourself. “
“No, no you aren’t. Your path isn’t something you can stray from. Oh, you may feel like you’ve lost your way sometimes. Your feet and your choices may carry you through unfamiliar territory. Chance winds will blow you in directions you didn’t intend, force choices you didn’t want to make, present options you’d never have taken otherwise. But your path? That’s always there, with you. You may walk slowly, quickly. You may stumble. You can backtrack, take a different fork, sit down and refuse to move. Your path is still there… or rather, HERE. Now. Centered under those fashionably clad feet of yours.
“Shh. Don’t interupt your elders. Speaking of which, one of *my* elders once called me Walking Woman, with a laugh. I asked why he called me that.
‘You always walking,’ he said.
‘Walk walk walk walk!
Keep walking, you wear out shoes.
Keep walking, wear out feet!
Wear out feet, get to soul!’
“Now you walk your path on out of here, girl, and start wearing out those cute shoes of yours, before I change my mind and take your money to tell you that you’ll come into a great inheritance soon.”
“Erm… One quick question?”
“Ok. Make it really quick.”
“Who was that elder?”
“Oh. Just someone I met on the Internets.”
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