#reverb10: despite all things, I’m differently beautiful.

I signed up for this thing called #reverb10. A month full of prompts guided to help me reflect on this past year and focus on goals for the next.

December 8: 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)

First things first, I’ve got to share this song with you: Riley Armstrong – Different is Beautiful.  I met Riley while in high school — he became a staple “visitor” at summer camp.  He’s a great guy and a lot of fun to hang out with.  And I’ve always loved this song and its meaning.

I’m a strong believer and supporter that we are all made different with purpose.  High deity or whatever have you, I believe that diversity is extremely important.  And those differences are beautiful.  We need them.  I shouldn’t be like you, nor you like me.  If for anything, it’d be tremendously boring.

I don’t know what in me shines.  But that statement reminds me of what my college friend Ross told me.  I wish I could remember the exact quote, but it was something along the lines of a positive force I brought when he saw me. — Talk about a community I miss like crazy, I completely miss my GC community. — This was said right after a pretty great hug, a typical greeting on campus.  But to know that I brought some happiness to my friends, just for being me — that was pretty awesome.  I miss that.

Despite how I’m feeling currently, I know I’m damn awesome.  I’m differently beautiful — as well as beautifully different.  I shouldn’t let anyone or anything make me feel otherwise.