Be You

Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?-‘What a Girl Wants’

Yes, I just went there. I just quoted the 2003 teen comedy, ‘What a Girl Wants.’ While this movie didn’t go down in history as one of my favorites, aka, it had nothing on ‘The Lizzie McGuire Movie,’ I did fall in love with this line. As a mid 20s ‘not a girl, not yet a woman,’ I have had my fair share of moments where I tried to fit in. As a matter of fact, I still have those moments almost daily.

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Serendipitously, I have also experienced my fair share of moments that I realize that life isn’t about fitting in; it’s about being you. And in these moments, I find that I am genuinely content. On New Year’s Eve, Dan and I hosted our friends at our place. We played charades and popped champagne all night. At midnight, we decided to head out to our rooftop parking garage to watch fireworks downtown. I decided that I would wear my bathrobe and boots to the occasion. Mind you, it was 75 degrees.

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Did my friends make fun of me for this? Absolutely. But, in that same moment, they completely embraced who I am. They laughed with me. Because life is too short to second guess who you are, to always keep up with the trends, to focus on things that don’t truly matter, and to try so hard to fit in. Be you.

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Dan obviously had no reservations being himself after the New York Giants Super Bowl win last year. Pure joy at it’s finest.

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Reader Question: How do you embrace your individuality?

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