I often tell my kids to be explorative and take risks. Try that new vegetable! Advocate for yourself! Have you considered a different haircut? I really should hold myself to the same standard.
Do you ever feel like you’ve become pretty sure of who you are and what you like? I know I’m not a “pink” person. How can I be edgy wearing pink? Pink is synonymous with submissiveness. Why am I so scared that wearing something that isn’t “me” will cascade into all of these damaging and permanent misinterpretations about who I really am?
I don’t think I’m going to turn into one of those #allthepinkthings type of girls, butI’m glad I gave it a try. It felt good in both an ironic, and even in an unironic way. And more importantly, it reminded me that one of the surest ways to figure out who you are is to briefly step outside of that self-imposed definition. We are governed by so many invisible, self-taught rules, aren’t we?
Happy Sunday! Thanks for reading.