Have you ever stopped to think about how others might see you?
I'll be the first to admit that most of the time I am my biggest critic as well as my own worst enemy. Surely when people see me they just see the huge nerd that I am. A woman who loves (and has a great deal of respect for) books. A woman who enjoys writing and actually writes as often as she can in hopes of one day getting some more stories or articles published; especially a novel. A woman who loves Wonder Woman and believes that Audrey Hepburn was not only a fabulous actress and a beautiful woman, but also an amazing person. A woman who lives in a house that does not look like an adult lives here. A woman who absolutely loves all things vintage, retro . . . OLD! A woman who loves art and color! A woman who jokes around with her children and acts goofy with them. A woman with a plain face, stupid hair, and an imperfect body.
The truth is, we can be hard on ourselves. I have learned (and am learning more every day) that those closest to me see me in a very different way than I see myself.
I was talking to a friend this morning and she surprised me. She said, "It must be nice to be brave enough to have such a cool place." What? Her comment threw me.
Without thinking, I let out an uncomfortable laugh. She said, "No, I'm serious. I feel like my house has to be boring and look as if adults live there." I shrugged my shoulders and said, "Everyone has their own taste. Some might even say that my taste is weird." To my surprise she smiled and said, "Your place is happy."
What a great compliment! Who cares if my house is new, big, nice, fancy, stylish . . . but happy? That is a great word! I love it! What better compliment for your home. I love that she sees my home as happy! My aunt once told me that she loved how my husband and I made our home fun for our kids. That is partially true. The fact is, when our kids are grown and it's just Jacob and me, we will still have the bright colors. We will still have tons of books, art, and cool old things. It's what we love, it's who we are, and our home reflects that.
Another person told me she loved my hair; that I look like a french artist. Okay, well, that's cool, I guess. Now, Logan keeps telling me he "really likes my curls" and if I straighten my hair he will say, "I like it better the other way. I like it that you look like a french artist." Now, odds are he has no idea what a french artist is, but he thinks it sounds cool and that's good enough for me!
Yesterday, while wishing me a happy birthday, a friend actually said, "You're just an awesome person." I laughed and said, "Thank you." I have a bad habit of caring about how others feel. Logan is A LOT like me in that respect. We want to encourage people, build them up, and see them smile. While I don't see myself as an awesome person, it has been really neat to see myself through my friends' eyes over the past couple of days.
The fun fact for today is that we are who we are. Odds are, that person you see staring back at you from the mirror isn't the same person seen by those who love you. I think that is pretty cool. They see me as this great person, a person worthy of their love, worthy of their friendship, their support, encouragement, honesty, and a million other awesome things.
Be yourself, but more importantly, be happy with yourself. I have some truly amazing friends who are constantly reminding me of this.
I'm so thankful for them and thankful they see me differently than I see myself!