Do you know what is irreplaceable, is available for a limited time and only has one copy in existence? The answer is YOU. With all the imposed social conventions telling us how to live, from DIY projects to fashion advice regarding what to wear when you work in your garden, we have very little chance to be ourselves. You only get one chance at this thing called life, so why not make it yours and own it!
Dress to impress (yourself). Truth is, the majority of us own yoga pants and do not actually participate in yoga. They are comfortable, so why be ashamed? There are times that you may have to dress according to occasion (you really shouldn’t wear sweatpants and a tiara to a company dinner!), but for the most part, running into the store to grab a gallon of milk while wearing elastic-waist pants is not going to be a life-changing event. Set your own style!
Stop and smell the roses. Literally, stop and smell them. Take time to absorb the natural beauty around you! Pick daffodils in the spring; stop and stare at the blanket of white snow in the winter or watch fireflies after dark in the summer. There are so many of Mother Nature’s creations that we are just too busy to take in. Don’t be one of those people. Take it all in at your leisure.
About DIY. You do not have to build an addition to your home using old pallets and a glue gun. Your kid’s lunch does not have to be cut into the shape of a cartoon character and placed in a hand monogrammed paper sack. A ham and cheese and a bag of chips will suppress their hunger just fine! There is so much pressure in today’s society to handcraft and put countless hours into projects. While the gratification of making something yourself is great, so is sleeping in on Saturday morning and just buying your donuts from the bakery.
Laugh often and loud. While it is not recommended to do this in a library or at a funeral, anywhere else is free game. It is like we have to stifle laughter for the fear of judging or being inappropriate. Just laugh… you will feel much better!
What can you think of that will make you be you? If you need some more great tips to individuality, check these out!