Who Am I?
The honest answer to the question, "who am I?" is that I will be figuring that out my entire life, having learned long ago that so much more than we think, is a choice. Like so many before me I just want to know when it's over that I have lived true and done my best.
I'm meant to go on and on about myself, about who I am...or THINK I am. I'm supposed to give a litany of things for you to judge me by, I mean, get to know me by, right? Name the Colleges I went to in Minnesota and Wisconsin, where did I become a Master Herbalist? Who did I apprentice with to learn the varied things I've learned, what clinic did I do my clinical internship at for TCM? How long have I been doing mediation and offering counsel to people and out of where?
How many times did I hit the Appalachian, PCT, John Muir and other trails before I had made it from one side of the country to the other and how long did it take me? What Carnival was I with and for how long? Why did I leave the U.S.M.C? Where were my shoes during the 90's?
I subtitled this page, "Your vibe attracts your tribe" because this is an "about me" page and in a lot of ways it was the people around me, people drawn to my vibe or people whose vibe captured my attention, who have helped to shape who I am and who I am capable of being, for better or for worse.
I know some folks don't understand the sentiment of one's vibe attracting their tribe, usually it's because they don't see the big picture. As a person who has actually lived tribally and nomadically I can only say that I hope one day you come to understand what that type of camaraderie is like. Unfortunately, since the introduction of the internet, it doesn't seem likely, there are some things we will never get back.
And yet I love the internet, for obvious reasons.
All that being said, if you have a question, ask. Worst case scenario I'll never even see it, best case scenario, I feel groovy about getting an email and you'll get an answer to your query. Everyone wins.
A Bit More?
I was not traditionally raised and that has shaped my experience in this world as well as my interpretation of it. I write about what are, for me, multi-faceted issues. I am very lucky to have been brought up in an unconventional way, not by just one set of parents in one place with just one set of ideals, but by several people in different places with a variety of ideals.
I'm just hanging out, in the world, never truly a part of it. Never really a part of anything, just a Wayfaring observer. That, among other things, has given me a truly unique perspective.
I'm a little old fashioned and that's making a come-back, so I'm in high demand. My insight is inspiring, my experience is vast and my perspective is unique and frequently entertaining. If you dig those things, I'm your Huckleberry.
I want to be clear here, I have been sine nomine since birth. How do I know that? As an angsty teen digging around for answers, I came across several baby pictures of me, I was adorable, by the way. What I remember most though, besides being adorable, was that no two pictures had the same name on the back, it was like even then, my mother knew, or more to the point, didn't know.
Going through group homes and foster care in a time before internet didn't exactly bode well for me documentation wise. Ask any kid with three birth certificates and two social security numbers, they'll tell you. You wouldn't believe the nightmare I went through to get a passport. Suffice it to say, I was asking the age old, "Who am I, why am I here?" questions pretty early in life.
At any rate, Hanna Maxwell is my nom de geurre, one of many over the course of time. I've lived a colorful life, a full life. There are parts of my life I barely survived and people I barely survived as well, so much, so long ago...and now...
I'm Hanna Maxwell, Welcome to my Blog!