Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The pursuit of awesome

I have never been the cool girl. Not in school and certainly not thereafter! Too many people considered me to be either to be too different (and by that I mean weird) or too full of shit. As much as I like people (well most people) and socialising, I have always been more of a loner.

 I constantly had my head up in the clouds daydreaming about fashion and music. Early on in my life I made an extreme effort to find out anything and everything I could about haute couture (high fashion) and contemporary rock music among other genres. To be honest, these are not exactly conversation starters when you're a teen. As you can I imagine, the more my love for fashion and music grew, the more alienated I became from my peers. I lost extremely good friends while trying to discover myself. My life story aside: its so easy to get sucked into the mundane routine of trying to fit in.

We all know how cruel and harsh people can be if you so much as dare to think differently. (Think back to a time you were scrutinized for wandering a little to far outside the set boundaries). How much are you really gaining from fitting in? Is other people's acceptance really going to alter your life that drastically or can you rely on yourself to feel awesome? I say you sure as hell can do just that! Yes, being liked others is an important part of life but how much is it really worth if you have to deconstruct your whole personality and masquerade around pretending to be authentic? Over the years I have come to realise something very important. Unless you are getting paid to care what others think, I see no reason why you should.

All that matters is that you like yourself. As simple as that sounds, I don't know a lot of people who can admit that they genuinely like themselves. So I say, go ahead and dress up like Gaga if that's your thing or start collecting stamps for all I care. Do whatever the hell it is that makes your heart race and your knees shake. Do it even when the world has something negative to say. The pursuit of awesomeness starts with liking yourself for who you are and the rest will follow.

And so I pose to you this challenge: when you're done reading this, take a piece of paper and make a list of  all the reasons why you are awesome (it doesn't have to be anything colossal). Trust me this will make a huge difference in your life. Good luck in your pursuit of finding your inner awesome.

Thank you for reading 


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