February 28, 2011 /

What makes you different? What makes you special? We’re all unique, no matter how boring we think we are. I don’t think anyone I know is boring. I also surround myself with insanely creative, hard-working, hilarious people. So that might have something to do with it. Every single person in my life has something to bring to the table and it’s something good.

Like my friend, Julie. I should call her cruise director. She’s the captain of our ship and makes sure that we are set for every Wednesday night Glee party. Who’s bringing what food, when we’re meeting, every week like clockwork. Plus, a lot of the other things we do as a group are planned by her. She’s our organization guru.

Or Peter. Strong, quiet, thoughtful but hysterically funny. Pete always has your back, whether you have a work crisis situation, need help moving or just want to hit up the frozen yogurt place after choir rehearsal. He’s a guy you want on your team and we’re so lucky to have him.

I could go on and on. Some people are creative artists, some are more analytical, some tell dirty jokes, while some just make me smile. Some are up in front, directing traffic while other friends are quietly working in the back to make me look good.

Everyone is unique. I was prompted on another blog to really think about what makes me different:

Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

I know I am stubborn. I flare up easily and am quick to anger. I got frosting on my sweater today and tore it off in the car in a huff. It took a gentle reminder from a wise guy (non-sarcastic) that, “it’s not that big of a deal”. I have these outbursts a couple of times a week. I don’t know if I would call that a beautiful thing, but it makes me me. Warts and all, this is part of my package.

I have other outbursts as well… the good kind. I start dancing during certain commercials (that weird Vegas hotel, anyone? Do do do do do do do do do do do do. The one with the rabbits? yeah.) I sing when I take pictures of people (as Heather can now attest to). I really have to reel it in at the job I’m at now. No one thinks really thinks I’m funny there. But at my last job, wooo weee, we had fun sometimes.

I think I’m funny. Or at least, people are nice enough to laugh when I try to crack a joke. I’m addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper. I enjoy doing laundry, going grocery shopping and cleaning the bathroom. I hate spending a lot of time in the kitchen and I don’t want to iron. I enjoy cleaning out my closet every few months.

I don’t know if any of that makes me beautiful but it’s a part of me. I like to smile. I love to laugh. I love to make other people laugh. I’m a hugger and usually hug more intensely than the other person (makes for awkward situations sometimes). I like to find the person in the room who isn’t talking to someone and go talk to them (leftover from the last job). I like to fix problems and listen to people when they rant.

But does that make me beautiful? Jury is still out… but it all adds up to the complete picture.

What makes YOU beautiful? We’re all taught to not talk about ourselves and brag, but I don’t see it as that. I see it as what makes you the person you are.

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