Wednesday, December 08, 2010

December 8: Beautifully different


 Today's prompt from Reverb10:

Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.
(Author: Karen Walrond)

There seem to be two elements here, physical and personality.

When I was younger I was self-conscious about the things that seemed different about me. I have very pale skin with quite a few moles and freckles. My hair is very dark and thick and cowlicky and has a mind of its own.  My arms and legs are long for my height and I have big hands and feet, and my torso is very short. I got the Germanic bigness from my dad's side of the family and the voluptuous build of my mother's Italian family. I felt like I was put together from three different kits. But when I look at pictures of me now, I think average. I'm pretty average-looking. Am I beautifully differently average?


But maybe this prompt is more about personality. I tend to say what I think when maybe I shouldn't. I expect a lot from people. I expect even more from myself. I believe in people. I am rooting for them to achieve the things they want. I get impatient with people when they let themselves off too easily. (These are the things that, when I do them, make me extremely angry with myself.)  The people who like me like me for these qualities, I think. 

What do I do to make people light up? I listen to them. I see them as they want to see themselves. I believe in them. I take them seriously and want them to take themselves seriously too.

2 comments:

  1. Great answer Jen. Just from reading you and meeting you one time I totally agree with your reasons for making people light up :)

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  2. I loved this post. Thanks you for sharing such an important perspective, in this time when superficial, cosmetic, surgically created beauty is highly valued. Keep saying "what you think." You are lit from within--keep sharing that with others.

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