I was reminded this week that as a kid, my nickname was “Crystal the Pistol”. I think a lot of people thought that was a negative thing back then, but with my fuzzy yellow hooded nightgown, cowboy boots, cowboy hat and cap guns in their holsters on my hips, I liked it. In middle school and high school, it became obvious that being a “pistol”, made me different from all the “cool kids”.
I didn’t fit in with the pack, and at times, that was a lonely place to be.
As an adult, I’ve learned to embrace that part of my story because it reminds me of what makes me unique. The grown-up Crystal sees the differences that make each of us unique, as our gifts to the world. Just like the Ya-Ya Headdresses we made at the last GNO, were a beautiful reflection of each individual sister who made them. We all had access to the exact same supplies and sample images, but we each emerged with entirely different designs that reflected our personalities, styles, interests and mood.
They were one of a kind designs, that went right along with our chosen Ya-Ya Names:
The next time you start to feel like you don’t “fit in” and you need to smooth out your edges, just don’t.
Embrace your inner Dancing Feather, Curving Creek or Smiling Sun.
In the words of our beloved Dr. Seuess, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
Your unique story and life experience are your gift to the rest of us.
Go ahead, be one of a kind!
to more love,
P.S. In case you haven’t heart, we are planning a one of a kind celebration for our November GNO “Thoughtful Gatherings ~ Cultivating Gratitude in the Season of Togetherness” At this girls night out, we’ll be exploring ways to create unique and intentional experiences with our people to make our holiday gatherings less chaotic and more memorable. Click here to learn more or join us!
image cred: Josie Marie Photography