The Calm Before the Madness

By Kerri Romeo

‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.

‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

Alice In Wonderland

From realizing she no longer knows who she is anymore after meeting the Caterpillar to not knowing where she is going when she meets the Cheshire Cat, Alice’s wise “guides” in Wonderland leave her with more questions than answers. 

When Alice set out on this journey she was a fairly entitled girl chasing a rabbit.  She had an idea of who she was and where she was going.  Lessons and leisure on the banks.  But she got curious.  Once landing in the rabbit hole her goal was to reach the garden.  Somewhere along the way she forgot her purpose.  If changing your mind and your purpose means getting somewhere rather than staying in place and going nowhere which would you choose?

The journey from a relatively privileged, albeit well-intentioned neoliberal (or maybe for you it is from another political label) chasing the American Dream to some undefined, non-right, non-left and non-centrist heading in some unknown direction has had its moments of doubt, frustration and weary aimlessness.  But then you come across your “guides” and somehow nothing making sense makes purpose sense.  The new Alice questions the former Alice.  Reading Caitlin Johnstone...new Alice asks “Who am I?”  Listening to Jesse Crall and Victoria Hall….new Alice wonders “Where am I going?”  

…she tried another question. `What sort of people live about here?’” ~ Alice (from Alice in Wonderland, Chapter VI).  Following Rania Khalek we see them clearly

Everything and everyone looks different when you start asking questions.  Your life choices affect your politics and your politics affect your life.  Maybe you make the switch from Amazon to buying direct from small and/or local businesses.  Maybe you ditch the plastic straws.  Maybe you look at labels on clothing and see the toxic and unethical conditions behind the scenes and choose ethical brands.  Or maybe you decide to consume less altogether and create more.  And maybe you find you aren’t as aimless as you thought if you keep walking long enough.  Maybe a change will do us good.  Maybe we will find exactly what we didn’t know we were looking for.

Join the madness in the next installment as we continue Alice’s conversation with the Cheshire Cat…


*Culture Cue:  Cheshire is the area in England where the author of Alice in Wonderland grew up.  The grin of a Cheshire cat was a common reference in literature before Wonderland was even written.  The calm personality of Wonderland’s Cheshire correlates to the British Shorthair that gained popularity as a pet for the upper class in Victorian England.


Kerri spends her days as an office administrator for a ballet barre manufacturer and her free time playing frisbee with her dog in NJ.  Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others.  She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.

Published by Kerri Romeo

Kerri spends her days as an office administrator for a ballet barre manufacturer and her free time playing frisbee with her dog in NJ. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others . She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.

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