I am privileged for reasons that not all would appreciate.
One of them is being able to share space with so many individuals that are working so hard to express who they are.
It is uplifting to see the joy on the faces as they see the results of their big jump into individuality. The pride of being able to accomplish something that they can share with the world and belongs to them forever.
Then there is the other side of the coin..
When i hear them comment how they can't share without being judged and usually by those that are closest to them.
We live in a time where we are forced to compare ourselves with all we see around us. In a society where superficial is IN. Encouragement is replaced with condescension. Self expression is smothered in hopes of conformance.
It hurts my heart when I see everyone looking the same. With blank faces and open mouths as they wander the streets on a mission to find what they were never taught to treasure.
I am always saying how we need to do better. That we need to teach our children to be themselves.. but that must be really difficult when as adults we are unable to accomplish what we are trying to instill.
We need to change our own thinking and embrace our quirks.. wear those funky hats,, paint your toenails, dress up your car!
Show the world who you are within.. who you have been hiding for all these years because you are scared what other people think.
I learned long ago to embrace the stares.. to answer all questions with a smile, to kill the world with kindness and to encourage others to do the same.
I am grateful I am able to express myself as I see fit..I feel sadness for those that share their negativity as i have realized it is those very individuals that were never taught to be themselves..
So please.. if you do anything today.. Encourage self expression.. put on that tutu, eat the peanut butter and olive sundae.. Wear your pants backwards and smile at strangers.
As you do this .. remember...
No one is You!! THAT is your Power!