Recently, (okay, day before yesterday) I started reading a blog called Musings of a Shiny Penny. Alana made a list of 25 things she loves about herself and encouraged her readers to do the same. I've made lists of 50 reasons why I love my husband and why I love my dear friend PandaMom, but I haven't made the same type of list about myself. I've been thinking about the things I love about myself in the days following the writing of my post Mirror, Mirror, and I've decided to take Alana's encouragement and do something about it.
25 Things I Love About Me
1. I can laugh at myself... most of the time.
2. I am genuinely concerned about the people in my life. I really do want the best for you even if we don't agree on what "best" is.
3. I can take my feelings, put them in a poem or a post, and have people say, "That's exactly how I feel."
4. I wear sequins to the grocery store because it's Tuesday. It's fun. Try it!
5. I'm always willing to give people a second chance or a third or a fourth or more. Probably because I need all the chances you can spare.
6. I consistently rock the high heels. The higher the better. And when I say rock, I do mean ROCK. What's not to love about hot pink patent leather peep toes?
7. I see my children as real, imperfect, flawed people like myself. I'm not a "super mom" (banish the very idea), but I am a good parent.
8. I can find at least one beautiful, attractive, or redeeming thing about anyone.
9. I can see both sides. I may not agree with you or believe in it, but I can generally understand how it is possible for you to believe as you do. At the same time, if you want to know what I really think, ask me. I will tell you my position. I'm not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. I own my opinion.
10. I will quietly tell you if you have spinach in your teeth, toliet paper on your shoe, or if your fly is unzipped. I'm protective of the people in my life.
11. I have nice eyes. They look golden in the sunlight. Someone once told me it's because they reflect my heart. Wasn't that a fantastic thing to say?
12. I listen. I love to hear people's stories. My favorite way to get to know someone is to say something like, "You are 14 years old. Go!" and then just listen. Of course, sometimes I HAVE to interject, give a hug, or agree in the middle of the story!
13. I make people feel safe when they talk to me. People are not afraid to tell me really personal things about themselves. Sometimes they are complete strangers at Taco Bueno. Or my doctor. The doctor thing is a little awkward.
14. I rarely give up on my dreams. I finally cashed in on my dream of playing roller derby. It took me about 32 years to get to a place where it fit into my life, but I'm doing it. Derby rocks the socks. And our socks rock, too. Especially my glow-in-the-dark socks.
15. I have a fabulous memory. I'm grateful. It helped me pass many courses.
16. I give lots of hugs. I'll touch you when we are talking.
17. I'm still learning. Fortunately, I love to learn. Sometimes I learn that I'm wrong. I'll come back and tell you later if I learn that I was wrong. It might be ten or twenty years before I get the chance, but I'll hunt you down to tell you.
18. At times I laugh so hard that I pee in my pants. In public. And that's why my nephews lovingly refer to me as Aunt P.P. And sometimes, I snort, too. It's good to laugh that hard.
19. I'm not very squeamish. In other words, I can do head wounds or splint the bone that is sticking out of your arm. I'm decent in medical emergencies. I'm fascinated by the human body and all it's wonderfully, fearfully made parts. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm just fascinated by people in general. People intrigue me.
20. I can still do the splits. Left and right leg. It's a great party trick.
21. I don't always do, say, or think the right things, but I want to. I think wanting to is half the battle.
22. I want to be alive when I die. I don't want to be complacent. I don't want to shift into neutral and coast. The race counts for just as much as the finish line.
23. I'm generous with my time and money. I will make time for you if you need me. I love to surprise people with little gifts when it isn't a birthday or a holiday. I especially love symbolic gifts.
24. I show up.
25. I think words are important. I can be snarky and sarcastic when we are kidding around and having fun, but when we are truly talking to one another, I want my words to be a gift to you. I try to be encouraging.
I'm different from you. We don't have the same number of hairs on our heads. No one has irises or fingerprints just like mine. I am me, and being me is fine. It's more than fine; it's perfect.