“I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, I say, ‘For the same reason I laugh so often — because I’m paying attention.’ I tell them that we can choose to be perfect and admired or to be real and loved. We must decide.” – Glennon Doyle, author
I love this. It gives us permission to interpret this weird world through our unique lenses and respond authentically. It’s taken me forever to allow myself to adopt this philosophy. But here are some things in the world that I look for so often and make me happy:
I like colorful shoes and I frequently take pictures with my feet in them.
Every rainbow represents a mandatory photo opp. Even ones on the ground.
Hearts can be found everywhere.
And I love finding and sharing them.
Same goes for faces.
These images were taken this week, but my library is filled with photos like these.
It took me a long time to get comfortable with sharing my worldview with people. I was afraid people would think these things make me weird — and maybe people would like me better if I seemed a little more “normal.”
But I am who I am, for better or worse. So I guess I should prefer people who like the authentic me as opposed to the people who like a more filtered me. So while the decision mentioned above is one that I need to make almost daily, I have to say that it is getting easier. It’s the only way I know to make a difference in this weird and messy world.