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?