Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Life Lessons via TV/Movie clips


Cheesy, cliche, and simple, right?

But let's be honest. In today's culture of fitting in and juggling schedules and being busy...some days it's hard. Some days I'm too busy keeping up to remember who I am, what I like doing, and what makes me, "me". And sometimes, I suspect, for all of us, those sneaky little things we "think" we have mastered are really the ones we let slip through our fingers.

I've had this post half-written for awhile, but I was reminded yesterday just how easy it is in certain situations to get awkward, to stand there totally not okay in your own skin and have no words to say. Sure, it was a sad occasion where words are often hard to find, but instead of taking the opportunity to get to know new people or to even attempt to express the words I didn't have, to let them know my heart was aching for them, I melted into a corner amongst friends I already knew.

And it felt every bit as horrible as you can imagine. It's still bothering me. Because I was too scared, too intimidated, to just be me, for the fear, deep down, that I would say something wrong, that people wouldn't like me, and a million other tiny little things that, given the chance, win out over the happiness of just being. And that makes me sad.

My mantra has always been: Normal is boring. Be you.

So what if I said something wrong or looked like an idiot? It could have given someone a much needed laugh or I could have made a friend through the awkwardness.

I guess my point is that sometimes being yourself takes courage, most especially when you don't know how people are going to react. But if you never try, you never know. And if the past week has taught me anything, it's that when you ARE you, no matter how dorky and silly and honest that person is, people will respond to that kind of honesty. And it will feel AMAZING.

Some of my most favorite TV/movie personalities are the less understood ones, the ones that we all love that don't always quite have it together.

And so, in that spirit, I give you Napolean Dynamite.

If he isn't the poster boy for being yourself, I don't know who is. Also? I'm pretty sure he stole some of my dance moves.

Happy Wednesday guys!

Wishing you all Peace, Love, & Books!

PS-anyone else find it terribly ironic that I quit cable/satellite television and am now using clips in my posts?


  1. I love that mantra. It's so true. I always say there's nothing normal about normal (because who can really define what normal is?)

  2. There have been times that I try to be just me...but I'm not sure who that is. It's like trying to walk on an ice pond. :)

  3. Be you is good online-but in a crowd? I just melt in the shadows and become a wallflower!


  4. Just love Napolean Dynomite! Maybe because he IS himself and there's all these people trying to be cool. How tiresome. I truly believe in the message of your post today.

  5. I've never seen that movie! I know! Maybe when it comes on tv again. I think he also has some Michael Jackson and John Travolta in there. It is hard to be the brave one and talk to new people. We really have to let go of our insecurities and realize other people have them, too, and just talk to them.

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  6. This is a mantra I've often chanted, but rarely put in to practice. Fear has always gotten the better of me. Until recently, that is. Trying now to be more of me and less of what I think other people want me to be, trying and failing most days, but still trying. Perhaps I just need to throw all caution to the wind and embrace my inner Napolean Dynomite! *dances*