The Sea Turtle: It is my “Spirit Animal!”

Hello Friends!

Here is another “flying” sea turtle!  I drew this with Prismacolor graphite pencils.  I started on it a couple of days ago but decided to finish it today so I could share it.  I eyeballed the photo, so it isn’t exact.  I don’t know who to credit for it, though.

You may wonder why I call it my “Spirit Animal.”  Well, when I was in counseling at my second session, I was telling my counselor that I like to draw, paint, and write about sea turtles.  She asked “why?”  And she kept asking why to every answer I gave her.

My answers:

  1. They are beautiful creatures.
  2. They are docile.
  3. They don’t seek to hurt anyone, but they do have to kill other creatures for food.
  4. I feel angry when they are slaughtered so people can make jewelry from their shells, eat their meat, and also steal their eggs to eat.

Then she asked, “So you see these sea turtles as helpless victims of other people’s abuse?” (something to that affect.) I said, “Yes!”  She asked, “So how does that relate to you?”  I said, “Well, I’ve had plenty of abuse from others in my past.”

Then the




went on!  “Wow!”  That was all I could say!  I sat there stunned at this realization.  (I found this cute light bulb on!)


I believe I learned that the desire to protect, rescue, and rehabilitate injured sea turtles is connected to a deep sub-conscious need I have to protect “innocents” from any kind of abuse which can include just about anyone – children, men, women, minorities, and generally anyone who wants to be different from what society says is the “norm” whatever that is!  (My husband always says that being normal is overrated!)  Now I think I have learned what it was that attracted me to sea turtles so much in the first place which excited me very much!

Getting back to the sea turtle being my “spirit animal,” she looked it up and read the whole description to me.  That night I found a website called  For fun I took the quiz and “Turtle Spirit Animal” was what came up for me!  🙂  I was pleased to be sure. You can take the quiz, too, for fun at the link above.  The part I like about my spirit animal description is this:

“Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.”

I thought this description fit me pretty well.  I always played the role of the “peacemaker” in my family growing up and in all of my relationships.  I think this quality is what is driving me to want to get involved in an organization that helps people with mental health issues.

There are times, though, when no matter how much we want to make peace with someone, they just won’t let us.  I have learned that at those times, when others have not allowed me to apologize or talk through conflicts, it is okay. Not everyone wants to.  It hurts, but I have learned to just move on.  There is no need to dwell on why certain people don’t want to stay in our lives.  I have certainly left a few unhealthy relationships!  “Letting go” is tough, but it is healthier than trying to hang on to people who can’t give us what we need or can’t receive what we offer.  This just seems wise to me – let everyone be who we are – we can’t change anyone except ourselves!

So whether you are a peace-making sea turtle (or land turtle) or an owl who can “see beyond illusion and deceit” (which is what my husband got when he took the test for fun,) just be who you are meant to be!  Don’t let others try to make you into who THEY want you to be!  Always be true to yourself!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂


About whitefeatherfloating

When I began this blog I was simply going to share my writing. However, after being part of the blogging world for quite some time now, I decided to begin sharing my artwork. Patsy's Creative Corner will always have my artwork. Thanks for visiting! :)

Posted on June 15, 2017, in Art Talk, Sea turtles and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Well, I think this “home alone” time is really sparking your creative juices, Patsy. I love “Flying Fred!” Yes, you know me, I like to give everything a name. 🙂 I’m so happy your time with the counselor has been productive. Thanks for sharing! xo

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    • It really has, Jill! I’m glad you like “Flying Fred.” That’s a good name; I knew you’d name it! I really like my counselor. I have another session this Monday right before the suicide survivors meeting. So it should be a good evening! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  2. Stunning art and words Patsy I sat and watched a sea turtle at the aquarium one day. She had been rescued because she had gotten injured. I was having a challenging day as I had to look after eight kids for my sons birthday. When I watched her, a great sense of calm came over me and I thanked her for such a special gift. I laughed as I noticed all the tired parents gravitated towards her and we all smiled at each knowing she had given us all the same gift. When I returned months later she was gone they had set her free. Have a great day.

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    • Thank you Kath! I appreciate your encouragement. Wow! You are so lucky to get to see a sea turtle up close like that! I would give anything to be able to see one. One of these days we are going to have to travel to Southern California to one of the places where they rescue them and rehabilitate them for release. It is such an awesome thing to do; it’s something I would do right now if I lived close enough to a beach city where they have one of those places! I did have a great day yesterday. I finished the last four pages of painting Larry the Lonely Leatherback, but now I need to cut and paint the pages that just have words. I just haven’t come up with what I want the backgrounds to look like yet. You have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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