I skipped the humble pie this morning.
I think that a lot of society wants me to dislike a lot about myself: I’m overweight, I need glasses, I’m a ginger, I have PCOS (which causes a whole lot of small side effects which suck and are annoying), I don’t have a “real” job. The list could probably go on and on.
Yet, I genuinely like myself. A lot about myself. I’m not sure I could pick just one favourite thing about myself, so settle in for a list of things.
I love that I usually have a sunny disposition – that people have found me so cheerful in the morning that I had been forbidden to talk to them before 9 am (seriously ya’ll, it’s happened…with more than one person).
I like that I have more patience than my parents did – that I can ebb and flow with the kids I work with, and that I can bend the rules sometimes and let them have what they need to feel good about themselves and to grow into decent human beings.
I like that, even though I am in no way connected to any professional field, that I went through university twice. I like that my first time, I was literally on the edge of getting kicked out but was still able to graduate with an honours degree. I like that it pushed me to really decide if I wanted to be there or not. It made me focused and determined to finish. I may not like that I have the student loans to pay off…
I like that I was able to make career choices based on what makes me happy, and not just what brings in money. I was able to know my own personality and stick to my decision. Yes, I may never be rich, but I love going to work every day and that makes it all worthwhile.
I really like that I can still get lost in the magic of a book or a story. That I can find the time to read almost every day. That I feel like I am still a child at heart and can appreciate the little things. I can act silly when I need to, yet switch the serious just as quickly.
I like that I am stubborn and stand up for myself. That I have found a passion and joy in writing this blog (and just writing in general). I like that I have a few good friends, ones that truly have my best interests at heart, and whose interests I take to heart. That we listen to each other and lift each other up. I like that I have travelled to different places, alone. I like that I have failed at things because they have only made me stronger as a person.
Today, there are lots of things I can find to like about myself. I hope you can find a few too!
January 16 Toot your horn
Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.