Do you ever feel as though you are wearing someone else’s underwear? Do you ever feel so uncomfortable in your own skin? No matter what you do or say, how you wear your hair, your clothes, or the words you use, you are not you?
I call this ‘wearing someone else’s underwear’. I think this feeling stems from trying to be someone we are not. Everywhere we look, we are told to change who we are, both superficially and fundamentally. In fact, as I sat on my couch earlier today, I noted the following television commercials:
- Dye your hair
- Whiten your teeth
- Transform your skin
- Lose weight
Not to get too preachy here… but we are all unique and our uniqueness is so important.
Superficially speaking, we have randomly colored hair, lines on our faces, our teeth are not pearly white, and we are overweight or underweight by a ‘normal’ standard.
Fundamentally speaking, we all live, think, and feel differently. We love differently, hate differently, celebrate differently, learn differently, and mourn differently. Right down to our very grain of being.
When we take those unique and individual traits away… You could say that we would all be more ‘normal… But who really wants to be ‘normal’, anyways? Being unique makes us an integral part of the world’s fabric, and that fabric is what makes the world go around.
Think of all of the colors of the sunset, and the thousands of types of plants and animals that form the landscape around us. Those creatures are all part of the world’s fabric, too. We would never try to change, minimize, or ‘normalize’ that fabric… So why do we do it to ourselves?
Let’s keep ourselves, and our world, interesting. Let’s all stop wearing someone else’s underwear.