September 10, 2015
Ever pay attention to complete strangers? I mean, seriously watch and, yes, listen. Contemplate for a moment how amazingly fascinating it is to sit back and marvel at the individuality of us all. We are all humans yet we are tall; short; red headed; freckled; new born; elderly; friendly; socially awkward; bald; bearded; married; dating; walking; riding; tattooed; tanned; out spoken; shy--you name it, we’re it. Our uniqueness is exactly what makes people watching so alluring and why I was engrossed in it this past weekend at the Hillsville flea market.
Frowning, you’re thinking, “Reeeally? What’s so special about a crowd of people?”
“Everything and then some!” First of all, when you open your heart and eyes (without judgement) you’ll SEE others for who they are inside by how they express themselves outside. Sometimes folks attire themselves in bright colors or prints. A clue they aren’t the least bit shy. Some make bold fashion statements like wearing a chicken hat announcing ‘I live in the moment.’ (Wish I’d gotten a picture, totally awesome hat complete with legs, wings and a head and beak!) The younger generation, however, is usually the most candidly expressive from bright red hair to shaved sides and bleached Mohawk.
I so admire people willing to be true to themselves. Some call it rebellious. I call it totally authentic and comfortable with whom they are. Because while they are being real, the rest of us quickly judge then go to great lengths to avoid saying hello. How sad is that?
Some terrific people openly express themselves by their appearance. While cantankerous folks are buttoned up to the gills in proper and wound so tight their head might fly off if they’d allow themselves to loosen up, wear a chicken hat, and have a great belly laugh. Of course, that would be like asking a straight arrow to act like a boomerang. On the other hand, people who appear un-socially accepted-normal might just be the most normal of all since they aren’t afraid to express themselves openly and honestly. Otherwise put, they aren’t afraid to be real.
Ever wish you could be ‘real’ in front of complete strangers? Ever wish you could bust out of that heavily starched box labeled ‘normal’ for a day? Wait, a day might be asking too much. How about an hour…half hour? Okay, okay, five minutes! I dare you to set yourself free from all preconceived notions of ‘normal’ and express yourself for whom you really are for five minutes. Loosen up that stiff exterior image you present to the world and break out the tie-dyed tee and leather pants. Not you? Okay, how about a cowboy hat and clown shoes? No. Well, then the real you must be incredible. So go for it. Express yourself!
Besides, you might just feel younger, happier and revitalized when you finally let your guard down and express yourself. Speaking of which, why do we keep that brick wall up between who we really are and what we let others see anyway? Secretly, most of us wish we had the guts to wear a chicken hat in public. Meanwhile others whose wall is so thick their individuality is suffocating behind it say they’d rather die. Well, someone at the flea market wore just the t-shirt for you. It said: Stop taking life so seriously, none of us make it out alive.
Friends, regardless of whether we’re trendy and couture or tattooed and tanned, we are all unique and extraordinary in our own way.
Can you imagine…expressing your authentic self?
Smile…a chicken hat would look good on you!