From the editor: That’s the spirit

I am a meerkat whisperer. Well, at least according to my daughter. I kind of believe her because it is true that no matter the zoo, when I start talking to the meerkats, they’ll often abandon their digging, sentry duty or naps and scurry over to where I am and look at me. It never seems to matter how many other people are talking to them, I somehow have the meerkat shinin’. It’s probably because the meerkat is my spirit animal. What’s that? Doesn’t everyone have a spirit animal? You definitely have one, you might just not know it.

If you don’t know, a spirit animal is one that you feel a special connection with – one that represents you and your personality. Basically, it’s the animal you would be if you weren’t a human. The topic came up during lunch with my colleagues a while ago. The coworker who brought it up said his was a red fox for as long as he could remember and that his entire family had them. I think he even said his room was decorated to reflect this. (Or maybe I just dreamed that…) Quickly, most people could identify theirs – a house cat, a flamingo, a horse, honey badger and, of course, the meerkat. One coworker couldn’t decide on hers and relied on an online quiz – but that’s just wrong. No quiz can tell you, it just has to come to you.

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