Lately I’ve been feeling unusually contemplative. At the risk of sounding like I’m going insane, I won’t bore you with the details of my deep and pondering thoughts. However, I do want to share something that falls out of the ordinary content of this blog. Allow me to wander a bit here… hopefully you will follow along and maybe even find yourself contemplating a few things as well.
Pictured above is one of my favorite pairs of sneakers. They are broken in, comfortable, and reliable. I always grab them when I know I need some good kicks for running errands or walking around allot. They’ve through a quite a bit, but are still in decent shape. Why am I telling you all of this? Well for one it’s a perfect opportunity to admit to my obsession with shoes that I may not have previously mentioned. Ahem, however, the main reason I am telling you about these shoes is because to me, they serve as a picture of something else. What do they call that? A metaphor? Right? Correct me if I’m wrong. Anyways, these shoes to me are a reminder, a picture, of a premise that I have lived by for my entire life as much as possible. Be yourself, and be real.
Let me explain a bit more. I’ve always been the type of person who went upstream from the crowd. I’ve never been (or wanted to be) popular, and I certainly have never found myself in the “in” group. I like being alone, and I often make choices that go against the norm. I’m not trying to stand out or “be different”. I simply am living my life as myself, true to the things that make me, me. I don’t want to try to be anyone that I’m not. This sometimes means that I have a hard time pretending. Have you ever had a conversation with someone who seems so entirely fake, that you wonder to yourself who they really are, underneath all the layers? I have. To me, being fake and shallow is a tragedy. There is nothing more valuable and thrilling than having a raw, honest conversation about something of meaning with a person who is not afraid to be real and be themselves.
Ok, back to the shoes… I’ll be honest here and admit that I’m not a high heels kind of girl. Sure I own a few obligatory pairs, and I do wear them when necessary. But for the most part, you’ll find me in flip flops or sneakers. Sometimes I wish I was a bit more fashion forward and trendy, but at the end of the day, I am content being me, scuffed sneakers and all.
I want you to think for a minute about yourself. Not in a selfish or shallow manner, but with introspection. Examine who you are. What makes you tick? What are you passionate about? Are you true to these things? What makes you get up out of bed in the morning? Who are the important people in your life? Where is the meaning in your day? In your life? If you can’t answer these questions… I encouragae you to spend some time being real with yourself. Find out who you are, and then live it. Have deep conversations, and don’t be afraid to share the things you believe in, your convictions and your heart with those around you. Throw on your favorite sneakers and take on the world…. be yourself, and be real.