woman playing guitar with a dog and cacti

Who Planted All the Cacti?!

I’m originally from Austin, Texas (yes, I know, I’m a unicorn) but I left for several years for grad school and stayed gone for a bit longer for love.
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When we returned to Austin two years ago, my first reaction was, “who planted all the cacti?!”
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That probably sounds ludicrous and admittedly I still laugh at myself for saying it.
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But, genuinely, that was my reaction. I thought that the hipster’s in Austin all of a sudden were super into cacti.
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Then I took our pup, Lomeo, on a walk through one of the neighborhoods and saw some century plants that were taller than me and wider than I am tall and realized that it takes a long fucking time to grow a century plant to that size. (Ask my friends, I really like plants).
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Upon realizing this, I felt astonished that something so obvious was not at all on my radar growing up here. It was just part of the background – nothing notable.
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It also brought to mind how convinced we are of our own ideas, thoughts, perceptions, etc. And how wrong we can be.
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This story always reminds me to stay curious and to always question anything that seems “obvious” – because it may not be.
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We learn so much more – about ourselves, others, the world, etc – by considering other possibilities than we would otherwise. And, what a gift that is.

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Natalia Amari, LCSW

Natalia Amari, LCSW

On a mission to help others overcome experiences of trauma and reclaim their personal power. In the name of hope and empowerment, Natalia brings culturally responsive, attachment oriented, trauma therapy to people striving to break free from the past and unearth their best self.

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On a mission to help others overcome experiences of trauma and reclaim their personal power. In the name of hope and empowerment, Natalia brings culturally responsive, attachment oriented, trauma therapy to people striving to break free from the past and unearth their best self.

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