Welcome to Walking the Mosaic: A Collective of Human Lives.
You might be wondering why I collect life experiences of everyday people, rather than inspirational, heroic, adventure, mystery, or other genres of stories. To start with I should begin by explaining to you why I love the fight scenes in the Bridget Jones movies.
I’ve watched the Bridget Jones movies a half dozen times over the years and the fight scenes between Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy never disappoint me. Messily choreographed, two would-be warriors battle it out over Bridget, rolling out pent up male emotion in all it’s ridiculous glory. All the while verbal jabs cushion the physical ones as comic relief. I never
thought I’d enjoy watching a fight and most times I don’t. I’ve been known to look away, take a pee break, head to the kitchen for a snack or check the weather app on my phone. But damned if I don’t enjoy every second of Darcy-Cleaver battle. There’s something about it that’s so satisfying.
We live in such a sculpted culture that I find myself drawn to the seemingly ridiculous because it does feel more like the reality human beings actually experience. Events are often limited to the sound bite, tweet, or pithy comment. Movies, sitcoms, reality shows, and 24 hours news create echoes of what we think life should be like: cutaways to the drama or happy ending.
But to live life as a human being is to experience existence as one of the most complex organisms on the planet. Our life cycles can be extremely long and involve significant decisions that can’t be described as instinctual anymore. No other sentient creature on Earth grapples with more daily choices about how or who they are meant to be than a human. Our existence is viewed through lenses that are shaped by our own perception of events and influenced by how we perceive others view us.
So the story of what it’s been like to be you, the moments you occupied and how you chose to live them creates a mosaic of the human life which for me is one of the most generous things you can share human to human.
I treat these stories as the raw stuff of our existence. So to preserve the fidelity of what’s been shared in this podcast series, the recordings are unscripted and lightly edited. No effort is made to develop a predetermined outcome for dramatic effect or support any particular agenda or ideology. My reactions to each story are comprised of a couple minutes of commentary, but keep in mind they are my own perceptions which have
been molded and shaped by my own walk.
Episode 7 John
John, age 71, and his rescued red heeler, Rusty take a journey with Sher through John’s life of adventure and opportunity. John explains how his fascination with American culture led him to emigrate from his native England and how small changes have sometimes had the biggest impact on the life he’s lived.
Episode 6 Carol
Sher joins Carol, age 72 for a walk along the beach to discuss how an early trauma shaped her life. Carol reflects on her journey, including the sometimes problematic relationships with her parents and siblings, her struggle to achieve peace of mind from a young age, and the wild and mischievous antics of her childhood.
Episode 5 Jo
Sher and Jo, age 51 take a walk around a lake on a cold day in February to talk about how Jo’s life has been transforming. Jo reveals painful memories from childhood and shares the struggles of being a transgendered person trying to transition to her identifying gender.
Episode 4 Irene
Sher walks to visit Irene, age 102 at her home to talk about the life she’s lived. Irene explains she was never meant to live very long. As Sher listens, Irene recounts the stories of the obstacles she faced, how she met her husband, the angels that watch over her, her favorite Seahawks players and her love of baking cookies.
Episode 3 Kim
Sher meets up with Kim, age 61 at a hotel lounge to discuss how Kim’s life has unfolded with many unexpected events. Kim explains the unique philosophies that shifted her from a prestigious attorney to a successful entrepreneur and how she encourages others (including Sher) to design their own lives.
Episode 2 Teresa
Sher visits with Teresa, age 60 at the local library to reflect on the life she’s lived and the insights she discovered about herself through relationships. Sher is surprised by the changes Teresa has undergone to restore her happiness.