Friday, February 20, 2015
I don't know a lot of things, but some things I do.
And that's when it dawns on me: I don't know a lot of things, but some things I do.
So today, these are things I know, things I knew for surely as I sit upon concrete stairs we call seats on the outside of the chain link that houses a men's softball game.
Learning the hard way is okay. It's frustrating and annoying and avoidable, but it's a perfectly, wonderfully livable way. I've done it -more times than I'd care to share- and I survived. So will you.
It's not a big deal. Whatever you're worrying about, it's not a big deal. Remember how it was grades and boys in high school? Remember how you wanted the trendy clothes and the right hair? And how much does that mean to you now? Nothing. So, that task you're worried about, the budget for house-buying you accidentally broke, the car you want but can't afford -probably not worth your worries, boo.
Leopard print always. If not leopard print, polka-dots or stripes will do.
Most things are flawed, you're allowed to be too. Social systems, clothes, careers, family. We've all got snags and tears in our fabric. The people who say you've got to be perfect have greater imperfections than most.
Own a pair of comfortable shoes. And I don't mean own as in purchase, but own in the do not be any sort of ashamed to wear them out because no day can be good when you're feet are screaming for relief from the torture devices we call stilettos.
Show off. Yes, go ahead and show boat. Because you deserve it. Watching the batters on deck swing and talk smack and practice their batting stance, I realize: these men are showing off. And sometimes when you're on deck and life's preparing to pitch you a fastball, you need to show off your skills.
Listen to your doubts and fears. They are for a reason. Sometimes the reason is stupid and ridiculous, sometimes it's valid and vital. So listen to the reasons and then decide with your beautiful mind. But don't ignore them or stuff them away or pretend they don't matter. They do.
Wear the swimsuit. Rock the big hair. Choose the red cowboy boots. Life's too short to shy away from adventure and let your clothes always be a statement of your mustang-heart. So, do the wild thing with your hair, your clothes, your shoes, your clothes.
Guilt is fear disguised. Guilt comes from where self control fails you and that's scary to think you couldn't stop yourself from buying a third box of Thin Mints. But, as we all know how fear can be, you're not going to die from some Thin Mint consumption. Sure, it'll kill your diet, but DIE is such a large part of diet anyway.
Be your greatest cheerleader. Because we've learned to talk down to ourselves, to discourage and to doubt. But you're beautiful and undeniably talented and you possess great things to give to this earth, so give and do and share. Cheer yourself on.
You see, I don't know a lot of things. I surely don't know everything. But I do know some things.
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