WordPress has a thing they call The Daily Post, that gives bloggers a topic or “challenge” prompt every day of the year. I just learned about this, and today’s seemed rather appropriate.
Jody Williams, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace prize, advises that the winners this year ‘Stay true to themselves’. This is advice we often here is kids or in movies, but what does it really mean?
First of all, how do you discover who your true self is? It seems many people don’t quite know who they are. Second, most people have some qualities that they wish they didn’t have, such as jealousy, envy, insecurities or prejudices. Staying true to those things wouldn’t seem to be in our interest.
What does it mean to you to stay true to yourself? Which part of yourself to you think about?
It took a LOT of events and epiphanies to learn who I am. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that when it all comes down to it, I am STILL learning more about myself, and who I am every single moment of each and every day. I am loud, crazy, motivated, sarcastic, charming, outgoing, resilient, inquisitive, cynical, unpredictable, attracted to glittery things….the list goes on.
Sometimes, I wish I didn’t criticize myself so much. Despite the utterly narcissistic self-love I’ve got going on, I really concentrate on what I perceive to be my flaws. I hate my flabby arms and my gigantic thighs. I feel slight twinges of jealousy when people talk about their successful relationships, because I haven’t been in a relationship in years. I also discriminate against milk, and all milk-based or milk-like products. I seriously have to drown my soy milk in a) espresso and caramel or b) an extra scoop of powdered pb and chocolate protein to drink it. Also, I have these crazy bouts of anxiety when I feel my OCD getting out of hand: people running late, my hair not cooperating, someone placing salt and pepper shakers in the middle of the table, or leaving their straw wrappers askew? These things actually bother me….to the point that I cannot concentrate on anything except NOT “fixing” whatever is bothering me.
Staying true to myself, for me? It means embracing who I am. So what. I’m a girl with flabby arms, big thighs, OCD, and no boyfriend.
But guess what? At the end of the day, I can be pretty awesome!
Because I am also a girl with a mission, a plan, a purpose, and a mouth full of expletives ready for anyone who has a problem with it.
‘Til next time!