Nobody signed my Senior High School yearbook. I can’t remember if it was because I didn’t stick around long enough to ask, or if I had isolated myself so much that no one really had the urge to stop me and capture 12 years of our lives in a few words in permanent ink.
I felt misunderstood, angry, misplaced… like I would never fit in.
We are so f’ing lucky that we are no longer restricted to the people that physically surround us. Coming from the the girl who felt COMPLETELY alone through high school and made my way out with blank pages… I thank God for that fact.
I am me, and as each day passes I like ME more, and I find out more about me. And more people DON’T like me.
What you probably don’t realize is that you spend more time talking with people on social media than you do in real life (and if this isn’t you… that’s cool too, I guess I got lucky getting this in your feed.)
So don’t fight who you are. We are connected to billions of people through this crazy thing called social media + it’s more powerful than we can ever imagine. It’s powerful enough to connect people SO like-minded that once they interact just a few times, they feel like they’ve known each other their entire lives. Those relationships become more real than the people who you may have known all your life.
I’ve seen it happen. It happens to me all the time.
Today, I encourage you to BE YOU unapologetically and when someone tries to bring you down, dim your light, change your direction or bash you to your core — know you are doing something RIGHT!
Your strength may remind them of their weakness. Their small mind may not be able to comprehend your big heart. They can’t kill your dreams so they will try and kill your spirit. Or they may just NOT LIKE YOU — but they don’t have to!
You being you, authentically, unapologetically, lovingly and boldly… you will attract people JUST like you. It’s how I built my Facebook and Instagram following. I put ME out on the line. I have built a growing network of people JUST like me, and I know how they think, I know what they want to hear and I love this community.
The ones who don’t like what I have to offer. They either run the other direction or they stick around to try and dull my sparkle. If you feel like this is happening to you too, your only response should be “Have a nice life” or “While you’re here why don’t you takes notes?”