Growing up I never understood some of the things people would say about me. I was called a social butterfly, a pre-Madonna, a tom boy, very bright, bottle of energy, inquisitive, talkative, moody, and that was just the grown ups. Many would ask my mom questions about me that I couldn’t tell you now, but the response was always the same….”She came out like that!”
“She came out like that!”…….? When I was little, kindergarten or so, I started to understand. I understood myself to be MORE than most. Meaning…I figured out that I was more to handle than the other children at my age. I talked more, I created more, I had more friends including the grown ups around….the janitor, the yard duties, the bus driver. I knew everyone, well maybe it was more that everyone knew me. I fluttered around as my mom would describe it.
As I ”matured” people seemed to be annoyed with my shiny ness. So from around 12 to 16 I attempted to ‘Stay Low’. Dulled my light. My awkward years….I’m sure you all understand. It was about this time my self imagine was not positive. Puberty sucked! As I neared adulthood my focus shifted to my future. Thinking more about who I needed to become, rather then who I was meant to be…….graduated from high school, I got married, got divorced, had babies, went to college, landed a professional career path, got married, had more babies, changed career paths, became licensed in cosmetology, changed career paths back, became a community volunteer and now here we sit. (In that order, yes I know, ping pong ball, lol)
Now here we sit: I’m gonna tell you something I discovered……if you shine bright the people around you shine brighter. As you allow yourself to embrace who you are and focus on ALL the things that you love, it becomes infectious. More people feel your energy and a little of your happy sticks to them. As it touches people, it grows, it spreads, it multiples……that’s what the world needs. That is what I learned so far in this adventure I call MY LIFE.
When you see/feel someone that is shining brighter then everyone else, go encourage them. Approach them and say thank you. Tell them how much you appreciate their energy. —–the more we hear that, the more we will do it!
Shine bright, be you, love you and give others the strength to do the same.