Just Be You

I work in a place where I see many people within a short period of the day. Local people who I have become familiar with, and those whom I will probably never see again. Yet each person carries with them a uniqueness about them that cannot be found anywhere else.

Never be afraid to have your own style. There’s nothing wrong with parting your hair a certain way, or wearing a flashy pair of glasses (if you’re like me and can’t see without them!).

Your style makes you You.

For me, it’s a bandana. I don’t wear it because I’m in a gang (I’m not). I don’t wear I because I have to cover up an embarrassing scar on my forehead (sorry Harry Potter). I wear it as a part of who I am, and to show my uniqueness.

I wear it because I was inspired by the uniqueness of one of my coworkers.

For the sake of privacy, we will call my coworker T.

I have a very large amount of respect for T, regardless of work ethic, past events, and life choices. To me, it’s not about who you were, it’s about who you are becoming. The past is in the past for a reason. If you can learn from it, you can continue to grow.

I digress.

T has always struck me as the kind of person who can overcome obstacles far beyond her capacity to handle. Even though it may tear them down, they are still able to rise back up and continue onward.

When I first started working with T, I noticed two things. One, we shared the same style of hair, and two, T wore a dark blue bandana to compliment said hairstyle.

“Whoa, that’s awesome!” I thought, “Maybe some day I could pull something like that off!”.

Slowly, I began to incorporate a bandana into my style.

It wasn’t something that was noticed right away. It took my “regulars” a few weeks to even notice I was wearing one. I would wear different colored bandanas, and even ones with different patterns.

My style is unique. I could care less if you knew how short or tall I was. Ask me any question (short of a very personal one) and I will answer you. You may not like the answer, but I will give you one.

I don’t dress up. I wear jeans, a hoodie, and a pair of Converse. Nothing fancy. It’s just my style.

I choose to love those I come in contact with, whether we become friends or I never see you again. I have a loud laugh, and a big smile. A big heart and an open mind.

I would pose these questions to you-

What would you consider to be your style? Do you have a certain “catch phrase” you say? A certain way you dress?

What makes you unique?


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