I can remember, as a child being taught not to stand out, to strive to not be seen. To conform, fit in, not make waves, don’t be difficult, and do not draw attention to yourself. No one and I do mean no one ever asked me what I wanted to do with my life. They never encouraged my talent. I followed all of the rules, married, had children, went to church, volunteered, chaperoned, worked hard and waited almost an entire lifetime for someone to wave the magic wand that would make me happy and successful. In the meantime I continued to not stand out, not be seen, conform, fit in before I finally realized it was a lie. A lie not intended to specifically damage me, but to make me, my parents, siblings, spouse and children look better in the eyes of other people. And in that horrible process, I did t exactly the same thing that was done to me to my own children.
I want them all to know how sorry I am, I wish I had known better! Please please please….never settle for the ordinary…live your life, celebrate the unusual!
"Have a Little Faith" Micheal Franti