I remember when I was in elementary school and I wanted to be just like everybody else and then in Junior HIgh, oh wait then high school …. I have always felt different from my peers and for a long time I didn’t want to. I liked spending time by myself, drawing and reading. I prayed in private and wrote poetry about the meaning of life. I enjoyed spending time with my family. I was a freak about all things science, philosophy, religion, literature and trivia of all kinds. I struggled because that didn’t always align with what everyone else seemed to want: The cool clothes, the cute boy, the parties and the popularity. I didn’t really want those things but I did want to be accepted by my peers so I chased them. By the time high school hit I was spread so thin in all the things I thought I should do that I was playing soccer (not very well!), singing in the choir, on student council, in youth group at church all while trying to maintain a very busy social life and a part-time job. I had a new boyfriend every two weeks that my parents affectionately would call the latest “two-weeker”. (One of those “two-weekers” is now my husband of 10+ years by the way but that is another story…)
Fast forward to today. What has changed? Nothing except my perception. I now understand that I always wanted exactly what most people want. To feel accepted. It was an empowering moment when I realized that I was the one that had to do the accepting. I accept that I am different and know that it is my differences that make me special. I now allow connection with my spirit and with my God shape who I am in a very public way instead of in darkness. I am okay with having one best friend: my husband. I still love to hang out with my parents. I embrace my inner nerd. I am genuinely happy with my life.
It is a true blessing when you realize two things: You are like everyone else and you are completely and utterly unique at the same time. I have the practice of Yoga to thank for this. I am one and I am part of One. What a gift and one I am so grateful to be able to share with the world. Namaste!
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