for the Creatives

Pirate queens get a happily ever after too

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I would love to hear a feminist analysis of this, but I don’t think I’m studied enough in feminist theory to do it justice. But the themes of this tale are still true of all us dreamers.

Here I continue my analysis of the story of two queens and how their dreams correlate with us dreamers 🙂 You can read part 1 and part 2 also.

Sidebar: Delilah couldn’t let us all be pirates without her! #DelilahTales

Don’t forget: listen along with the full playlist free on YouTube here.

Surrender

Tiernan approaches the Queen, requesting that he trade his life for Grania’s so she can go to her child.

She who has all

Queen Elizabeth is shocked that he loves Grania enough to sacrifice himself, and she accepts his offer. “I who have all / I have nothing compared to the dream she holds fast in her heart.”

Imprisoned Grace on the other hand sings, “I will survive for the day / when I see once more / both the man I love / and the child I bore… / I who have naught / I have all.”

Success in your dream isn’t always what you think it is. Don’t lose sight of what’s important – the people. the passion. the vision. 

The Sea of Life ❤

Grania returns to an Ireland in shambles. She gathers the people of Clew Bay who set sail in the Pirate Queen for England to plead with Queen Elizabeth.

A wonderful lullaby ❤

Woman to Woman

Grania pleads to Queen Elizabeth as a woman.

  • I ask for dignity, no more.
  • Your leaders plunder [Ireland] for greed. My child goes hungry every night.
  • All of our crops get sent to you. How long before we starve outright?
  • Sadly the men you put in charge despoil us everywhere they go
  • and disrespect our women so, to me, the most egregious crime.

She urges Elizabeth to instead of fighting her woman nature, to use it in her role as Queen. A lesson that Grania has well learned by now – her most powerful moments as pirate being through her identity as a woman.

Grania came to appreciate her womanly nature and use it towards her dream, even as a pirate. Perhaps the strongest dreams are those which find a way to marry two disparaging ideas. 

In real life, this is a historic moment where Grania and Queen Elizabeth actually speak in private for 2 hours, what about no one knows. “Who knows the truth that we may glean / Neither as chieftain, nor as Queen… / woman to woman, face to face.”

Queen Elizabeth releases Tiernan and gives Grania her lands and ship.

Finale

Okay, NOW the happily ever after. Kinda 🙂 Tiernan and Grania are reunited at last.

What did Grania learn through her journey? “I fought my wars on land and sea, / to be a woman strong and free. / I should have learned at journey’s start, / no woman’s free who ignores her heart.”

Should Grania have not married Donal for the clan truce? In retrospect, probably, because really that truce didn’t last long. But she fought for her dream, and ya can’t change the past, only the future.

You can’t change the past, only the future. You learn, you grow, you correct your course. And your destiny can’t escape you. 


 

If you “can’t” realize your dream because of some part of your nature, maybe you’re exactly the person to achieve the dream YOUR way. Your destiny involves both who you are that cannot change AND who you want to be.

That’s all the pirate-y stories for now 🙂 Go out there and kill it, Pirate Queens! Make your destiny, one risk and one sacrifice at a time ❤

Hey, for inspiration and to remind yourself who are truly you, dress up as a pirate and send me a pic of your costume. I’ll be sharing my photo session with you next week!

for the Creatives

Should You Quit Your Job? or, Walking with Destiny

I had the privilege of hearing Brian Fenimore from Plumbline Ministries speak on Destiny this past weekend. I highly recommend purchasing his series here. Whether you aren’t sure what your destiny is, or whether you know and are looking for practical and spiritual steps to carry it out, this teaching is for you.

Something I learned:

No more excuses!

Culture teaches us that our destiny is to work really hard now to save up money so we can do nothing at the end of our life.

God’s destiny has nothing to do with doing nothing though. Or with working nonstop to get there.

When God calls to a task, we can often think we have to wait until we have the money or resources to get there. But that’s not how the heavenly  bank account works. We step out in obedience, then God provides what is needed for it.

How this applies to me:

I’ve been living as if someday in the distant unforeseeable future, I will be an author. When I have the capacity to dedicate more time to my writing. Until then, I write here and there to keep myself going, but I’m just in the “waiting room” of life for my destiny to start. That’s how I’ve been living. Is that truth? No.

God has called me to write now (hooray for puns!) Not later. No more excuses.

Am I quitting my job? (and here, Red Crossers across the region are hyperventilating.) Funny thing about destiny: it’s not a job, or a hobby, or bound by any circumstance for that matter. Red Cross isn’t just my day job or my source of income or my “waiting room.” It’s my destiny too. I’m not called to be an author. And I’m not called to be an executive assistant. I really don’t have the full picture of my destiny, but I do know this part: I am called to empower others to walk in their callings. That’s why my dream job is to be a copyeditor. That’s why I usually am thrilled to have a Red Crosser come to me because the copier is jammed or a package needs shipped or the heater is broken. That’s why I love learning new random things that can one day be used to activate others. So in this moment, Red Cross is my calling just as writing is my calling. Big sigh of relief.

Just for Fun!

Hey, lookey what I found. Rachelle Dekker recently had this guestpost on the topic of priorities. No more excuses about not having time because you’re too busy [insert important or not-so-important alternative here.]

What About You?

Do you know what your destiny is?

Should you quit your job?

Do share below, I’d love to hear about you 🙂