while reading gretchen rubin's
something she mentioned stuck with me...
one of her commandments is to
and she said at one point that this philosophy meant
letting go of the things that were inherently "not gretchen"
...even if they were things she would like to like to do
(or she felt would be good for her to do),
like visiting a jazz club at midnight or having a super-chic wardrobe,
they were not a part of who she actually was.
being happy means making time for those things
that make your heart sing.
i often covet the qualities i admire in my friends...
.grace & class.
(like this lovely young woman)
yesterday, i was in a situation where
i was meeting many new people
and i noticed while chatting with them
many of the things that make me who i am...
*my cheery personality*
*my ability to laugh at anything*
(and make it contagious)
*my crazy-curly hair*
(that cooperated amazingly for my important day)
i realized that although i will never be the girl
with the amazing fashion sense
who is always well-spoken, witty & put-together
who can spend ages meandering through an art gallery
and who never says or does the wrong thing,
i am the girl
who makes people feel comfortable in any situation
who wants to help at least one person every day
who is always happy to meet you for
a warm cup of anything & a good chat
who loves to visit civic & social history museums
and who would rather spend hours reading a good book
than go out dancing until four in the morning.
...and i am so happy to be that girl.
happiness doesn't come from achieving or becoming
all the things you think you should,
it comes from finding out
who you really need/want/would love to be,
(or who you already are)
and then happily embracing that person.