As I sit here, hands on home row, reminiscing on what has transpired throughout my life, I realize three things:
- I cared entirely too much about my physical appearance
- I based my happiness on how others viewed me
- I was miserable
Why? I have NO idea. Well, maybe I may have a little tiny clue on why I acted in such a way. When I was younger, I had huge bucked teeth—some could compare me to Goofy. I was a gangly little thing– literally having to hold onto something or someone as there would be huge gusts of winds.
I wish I could steal back those moments that seemingly defined my childhood and early adult life. Where others called me dumb, ugly, or stupid, I wish I could have said, “WHO CARES, I LOVE ME!”
I had so many things that I wanted to pursue throughout my life. If I only tapped into the potential that I had, I could have achieved greatness at such a young age. Unfortunately, I didn’t do as much as I could have done because I was ALWAYS looking at everyone else and wondering what they were thinking about me.
For those who can relate, I will say this– I can almost guarantee you that you have greatness within. Everyone, and I repeat, EVERYONE has something to give this world. You have some special talent or gift that can change your environment. Please, don’t allow others or YOURSELF to hinder that treasure within.
Who are you when no one’s looking? What talents and gifts have you stifled, hid, and/or kept trapped inside of you because you were too busy worrying about what the other person was saying or thinking? I encourage you to be you! If you’re writer, WRITE!, singer, SING!, dancer, DANCE!, painter, PAINT! You just may be the next great Edgar Allan Poe, Jennifer Hudson, Shawn Price, and/or Picasso—you never know.
So, I leave you with this question, who are you when no one’s looking? Embrace it!
I’m trying to keep these blogs really short… but I have much more to write, so consider this Part I.