As a termagant, I am not going to fucking tell you!
The answer is that I did make the spelling error, however, I like the sound of tarmagant better so I kept it.
In my experience of being a tarmagant, and my observation of other tarmagants, we are a unique breed of injured warriors. We are intelligent, sensitive and internalize the injustice of being “women” in this society with many layers of armor. We have developed many layers of emotional armor to hide our sensitivity precisely because we are intelligent.
I suppose my suggestion for young taramgants today is to try hard to take off the armor. While we developed a survival strategy to make it through a harsh childhood, it is essential to realize that this strategy will become our prison if we do not let it go. If we do not attempt to trust and be vulnerable, we will always be helping create the same harsh reality that we were trying to escape,
There are two very good things for tarmagants to keep in mind while learning how to let down emotional amor to be vulnerable. Number 1) Sometimes you are going to run into sexist jerks so you can unleash your kickass warrior. Number 2) All new skills take time, you might accidentally lop off a few heads (metaphorically) but if you continue to try someday you might only cut a few hairs. I am hoping that someday I will not repeat my redo!
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“Janis” An Amalee Original is part of a series of painting of iconic rock stars with similar elements: size, big hands in the foreground, and my own words in the background. I had the unfinished image with the hand when I had a conversation with a friend.
We talked about lucid dreaming, and about the possibility that what we think reality might also be a dream. In life as in a dream, if we are able to let go of preconceived notions and be in the moment (ride the wave)we experience something amazing. The next day I came up with these words…”Ride the wave, man. The only time is now.” While painting these words, I decided to use a word for someone who identifies as female instead of the word “man”.
I looked online for different words for female identified people. I found this article: 13 Awesome Words For Women You Need to Start Using Right Now!
Termagant was defined as:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo springs to mind for termagant, which means a trouble-making woman, prone to fits of violence or brawling.
While Janis was not outwardly brawling or violent she was definitely a trouble-making woman. Her saying “you can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow” fits the words in the painting. The spelling error was accidental but I think it works as a trouble making woman.
The Two other paintings currently in this Amalee Original Series: