Beautifully different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” -Hemingway
I used to be afraid of what people would think if they really knew how broken I have been. How do you explain to a new friend how having parents who battle addiction has shaped you? How do you talk about the times you let your guard down and ended up heartbroken and devastated? I used to think that it would be easier to hide the baggage in some dark room and hide it from others, now I know better. My scars are what make be beautiful. My resilience makes me beautiful. I know to my core that I can get through anything for one simple reason: I already have. This makes me different than a lot of people.
I am beautiful because despite the scars I am hopelessly romantic and optimistic. (Sickeningly so.) I am not just open to new people, loves, experiences… I am SO EXCITED for what’s to come I can hardly stand it.
I am beautiful because despite anything all it takes is one cup of coffee and a good song and I am so blissful that I can’t help but text silly messages to friends with a billion enthusiastic exclamation points. (This song made me blissful this morning walking in the rain: Kina Grannis)
I’ve been told that my happiness is infectious and I find beauty everywhere. I think that every single hard day makes these two qualities more beautiful; my happiness is not naive.. my happiness is my truth. As sure as you know the sky is blue, I am sure the world is full of more happiness, love, and beauty than you can even imagine. Beautifully different indeed.
This post is a part of #reverb10. Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead.