Who you be?

The sun sets on another day…

The wind and wave were intense, and the cold was still there, and you know what, it was all good because I had warm thoughts running through my mind and good friends at a movie. So I used a photo that made me feel warm from last year!

You know, I saw a movie tonight. I will pause here for a second while many of you say, “What else is new?”. Anyway, yes, I know I watch a lot of movies, I enjoy watching movies, and I consider movies a delightful repast in the late night when others are asleep. Tonight I saw “Fighting with my Family” with friends (You should say that three times real fast) and really enjoyed it.

You may ask why. Well, if you didn’t, I will tell you anyway. The movie pulls at the immortal statement, “Be you.” Now, I know that sounds simple, but so many people set it aside like cheap dishwater, umm, well, dishwater may be free, but you know what I mean.

Now, I have spent my life being me. Sometimes that has been good. Sometimes it has been not so good. Many people would rather you be who they want you to be, not who you are, and that is a shame. I firmly believe it is our diversity that makes us strong, and I really really believe that we can be far more amazing as a group of individuals than a group of semi-similar clones.

So wear your hair funny, be original, be a little outspoken, be a little soft spoken, be a little spoken, but be who you are, not anyone but you. Don’t model yourself after anyone but maybe your hero, but only if your hero is YOU. Sure, you may not think you are all that and a bag of chips, but perhaps you are all that and some kick-butt mac and cheese. Maybe you always were.

I have been considering a lot of memories. In high school, I was a bit of an outcast. I was quiet sometimes and sometimes not. I wanted to fit in sometimes more than I wanted to excel. I made decisions that were not who I was, and I still think about that a lot. In the grand and glorious what-if game, I genuinely wish I had been myself more and less of what everyone thought I should be.

So as the sun sets on another day, who are you? Are you that person who takes it to the next level because you believe in yourself? I hope so. Take the time, be your own hero, be you, and keep being you no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love furiously, and believe in passion every day…

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