I am a beautiful mess.
I constantly trip while walking up stairs… And down stairs… And on my own shadow. I dance around my apartment to Miley Cryrus’ version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun almost every morning. I cry from laughing too hard at stupid jokes… Usually when no one else is laughing. I constantly blow bubbles out the window when I’m driving (don’t judge–it’s better than texting and driving!). I’m shy in large crowds, but if you’re a stranger at the store I’ll probably start a conversation about how much I love your hair/bag/shoe laces.
And, you know what? I absolutely love these things about myself. My life is filled with just as much passion and joy as awkward and ridiculous moments. I wouldn’t trade my life, or my quirky habits, for anyone else’s.
Last week I received a Facebook message that crushed my heart a bit. Someone sent a link to a picture of me and commented that my outfit was “hideous” and asked how I often I dress that way. Was I crushed that someone hated my outfit? No, absolutely not. I certainly don’t choose my clothes in the morning with hopes that everyone will think I look fabulous. What weighed heavy on my heart is that someone would go out of their way to be intentionally hurtful. Over what? A pair of printed tights.
What I learned from this person has nothing to do with fashion. I learned that no amount of style, make-up, or conventional attractiveness can mask an ugly heart. Style is cultivating enough confidence to say exactly what you want through your words and appearance. Class is having a heart of genuine kindness, compassion, and appreciation for the creativity of others. Beauty is the bravery to shine a light so bright that others absorb your sunshine and find strength to shine their own.
Take your own ridiculous, quirky traits and hold them close to your heart. These are the things that make you sparkle and shine. No matter how many people try to drag you down, or send you negative messages, keep your head high and your smile bright. You have a unique style and the world is dying to see it. Don’t worry too much about fitting in– you were created to stand out.