I am a naturally silly person. I love to laugh! I love to be goofy! I am extremely corny, and I can accept this about myself. I love music. I love to sing and I don’t care what ANY one says; I can! I can sing like Whitney and Jennifer! I can sing like Aretha on somedays too! Honestly, I think can blow, but in reality I really am not that talented. However, I really don’t care what people say when they hear me sing, because in my heart; in my soul; and in my mind, I can sing! YUP! I can sing!! (Ok now, I am just convincing myself….saying this as I am singing) Seriously, anything that I have ever really wanted, I have set my mind to conquer. Even when those crazy ( and I mean CRAZY….KRAZY…KKKRRRAAZZYY) obstacles appear out of no where I am determined to figure them out and accomplish those goals that I set. I use my sources and I never mind asking for help. I realized that people, places, things, and ideas ( I guess I could have just said nouns) are there for us to utilize. One of my favorite people (my mentor who has been there for most of my life ) coined a hashtag for me #ONLYME. He gave me some cool motivational words and made me realize that with every bad, there really is a good, but too often we are so stuck on the bad.
I share all of the above, because I am always asked “Why are you so happy?” As a matter of fact, my 15 year old son and I get this quite often. We are told that we have beautiful spirits with so much optimism. I believe it is because I know who I am. I know who I am. I am comfortable singing completely out of tune. I am ok with my loud, squeaky laugh (eeewwwkkk Des…that one is for you!) And even in those times of doubt, deep down I know who I am,what I like, and what I will tolerate. That part of my puzzle is very clear. That confidence and assurance is that beautiful picture of myself. It was probably because of the affirmations that my parents gave me as a child. My mom would always sing a song to me, “Kiera O’Shea is her name. The prettiest little girl in the whole wide world. Kiera O’Shea is her name, is her name.” And you know what? I believed it then, and I still believe it. She made me believe that about both my inner and outer beauty. My dad gave me the same assurance and made me realize the importance of education and being knowledgeable about life and what it has to offer me.
I am sure that I passed that confidence, assurance, and the importance of education to my son (I’ll give his dad and all of those that help me some credit, but I am selfish and today and I want to take all of the credit…lol) and is why he too is complimented. When I asked him one day how does he cope while being a Type 1 diabetic, the many transitions that he has endured, and even the most devastating one; being in a coma for almost a week with doctors believing he would be brain dead, he smiled and shrugged and said “I just do it.”
This is how easy it is to live life. Remember those puzzle pieces I told you about? Well, the easy part of life are those outside pieces. When you know what makes you, you,( slow down and read that…When you know what makes YOU, YOU…take that in!) that is the foundation of your puzzle. That is the foundation of you. If you are anything like me, those are the pieces that you start with when you begin your puzzle. They are easy. They are easy because you don’t have to stress out about who you are. Knowing who you are, what you like, and what you want in life are the essential pieces of your puzzle. They are the essential pieces to understanding ( well not really, but sorta, not really, but maybe) #ThisThingCalledLife… Those pieces are less complicated, and they help with the organization of the puzzle. That is similar to life. Even those bad and scary parts of life are easy for us to deal with, because they are just small reminders that the entire puzzle cannot be hard! If you know who you are, you can have a lot more control over those complications.
Today I challenge you to come up with a list of things that you are truly sure of about yourself! What do you like? What do you dislike? Let’s begin this puzzle and start with that border; this is the easy part! And as you come up with this list, be reminded that these are those pieces that will forever help you conquer!
Be blessed and catch that optimism!