I am not usually one to be on top of the news or know the latest updates on celebrities. I sadly owe my weekly updates to people’s Facebook posts or my husband who is always on top of the news (not the celebrities).
Last week I saw someone post about Pink’s speech when accepting her award at the VMA’s. I found the video of her speech and all I can say is DAYYYUMMM it was gooooood. I got goosebumps and maybe even a little teary eyed (thank you pregnancy hormones) as she stood up there talking about her daughter.
If you didn’t catch this amazing speech by Pink let me just fill you in. Well actually I will just let you watch the short clip for yourselves HERE....
This really hit home with me. Not just because I am about to be a mother to a human being that I want to grow up knowing and remembering he is unique and amazing just by living his true self and not being scared to stand out; but also because I need to still remember this now as an adult in my own life.
I grew up always standing out a little bit from my family. While everyone else in my family was mostly well-behaved, quiet, and more introverted; I was always the outgoing, loud, and crazy one that was never scared to dance in front of crowds of people, make new best friends everywhere I went, and not really care what anyone else thought.
The older I get, the harder it has been to stick to my true self. Don't get me wrong; I still love dancing and meeting new best friends. I still shimmy when I hear music come on and imagine that I am on So You Think You Can Dance trying to put on a performance. I am always hoping my husband can read my mind and do the exact moves I want but it doesn’t always turn out that way.
I may still stay true to myself in a lot of ways but I am constantly worrying about what people are thinking of me. CONSTANTLY. It is the struggle of a people pleaser and pretty much any human being living in this critical, unforgiving world.
I don’t want just glimpses of my true self to come out though. I want to lay it all out, for everyone to see. I want to stop being scared of what people are thinking and remember to just be ME, 100% goofy Jo.
Jesus stood up and stood out. Jesus walked with sinners, lepers, and all those who were shunned. He was made fun of all his life, yet He lived the life that so many of us are trying to mimic. Why do we expect that we should live perfect lives? Why do try so hard to fit in to a crowd when we should be trying to stand out and stand up for who we are and what we believe in?
If we want to make a difference in this world we HAVE to stand out. And like Pink says “We don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl and we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty."
Folks, it is time to stop trying to change to conform to what society wants us to be like. Beauty is not defined by a certain group of society. Beauty can be defined in so many ways; and YOU my friend, are BEAUTIFUL.
I want my son to see my crazy, goofy self. I want him to grow up never being afraid to be who he is and to know the truth about himself even if the world tells him differently (but I will punch a kid in the face if he ever tries to make fun of my boy....KIDDINGGGGG -but only kind of).