DMC 2 – When I Grow Up

 

quotes-about-being-yourself“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I will not grow up. I won’t. Never. Ever. When you grow up, you lose the dreamlike wonder that’s inherent in children; you lose the innocence of seeing the world without any inhibitions or expectations. In a perfect world, we would never have to grow up.

When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a dog. Seriously. Or maybe a cat. I thought how awesome it would be to be covered in fur, to be petted and loved and be able to run really really fast. As I got older, I realized that, alas, I could never be a cat or a dog.

Once I realized that being an animal was out of the question, I wanted to be a jockey. I was one of those little girls who loved horses, and the only thing I thought you had to do to be a jockey was sit on a horse and let him run really fast. That dream was fleeting too…because you also have to be really really short to be a jockey, and while I might not be very tall, by 11 I was already too tall to be a jockey.

In my high school yearbook, I said I wanted to be a writer and a horse trainer. The horse trainer thing will never come to pass. The writer, on the other hand; well, I’m already one of those. The only thing you have to do to be a writer is write, and I do that all the time. Words are my favorite way to express myself.

be-true-be-unique-be-yourself-different-favim-com-1212276What I want to be when I grow up is a work in progress and probably always will be. I have strange interests and quirky humor, nerdy style and really odd ways of seeing the world. I spent a lot of years wondering why I couldn’t just be “normal” or be just like everyone else, why the things that interested me were so different from what interested most of the people around me.

I used to spend so much time trying to “fit in” and to “make” myself do or like things that the people around me did or liked, and you know what I learned? It made me uncomfortable, it made me feel out of place and awkward; and the older I got, the less I wanted to feel that way.

I’ll tell you a secret.

Lean in.

You know what I really want to be when I grow up?

Me.

 

Discover Me Challenge #2 – When I Grow Up

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Remember how your younger self had big dreams? You knew in your heart of hearts that you would be an astronaut or famous writer or detective or you would stop crime, wearing your favorite blanket cape… Your younger self was free to dream big, without any limitations. Rules didn’t apply to our dreams back then.

For this challenge, let’s go back to those days when we weren’t afraid to dream big, without the limitations. Anything is possible. There are no rules.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

next prompt will be posted Sept. 29th

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DMC 1 – Teachers Who Inspire

The original challenge appears here.


futureThe challenge was to write about a teacher who inspired me. To be honest, I almost didn’t participate in this one because there hasn’t really been a teacher who has inspired me. Most of my school years are years I’d sooner forget about than have to revisit. I spent most of my school years being bullied – by the kids, by the teachers, by my mother – so the lessons I learned about people were not really good ones.

But then I started thinking about the things I’ve learned through the years – and how I’ve come to learn them – and realized that the most inspiring teacher I’ve had was Life itself.

Life taught me at a young age that not everyone is a good person, that not everyone will like you, that sometimes the people to whom you are supposed to look up the most can be the ones who end up letting you down the most. At the same time, it’s impossible life2to learn those things without learning their counterparts – that not everyone is a bad person, that not everyone will dislike you, and that sometimes the people you barely notice can be the ones who lift you up the most.

Life taught me that we are all combinations of all of the things we’ve learned throughout our lives, that all of these little Life Lessons contribute to who we are. There are so many things that happened to me when I was younger that could have made me grow up to be an angry, mean-spirited person – and in some ways, those things have shaped me into someone who doesn’t always know how to respond to conflict, who doesn’t trust easily, who isn’t always comfortable in social situations, and who usually says, “I hate people” – but in the end, I treat people the way I’d like to be treated, I try to be a good person, I try (sometimes when it’s not warranted) to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. If someone treats me badly, that is a reflection of them, not me.

life13Life has taught me that our time here is too short to spend it always worrying about what others think of us, that we have to just be ourselves and hope that it’s enough. While the lessons Life teaches us are often the toughest lessons of all, they are very often inspiring as well.

I know this wasn’t really the point of this challenge, but it was the best I could come up with. Haha, I’m sure I’ll do better on the next one;)

Discover Me Challenge

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I am cross-posting this from my friend Nichole’s blog (JustSomeJane.com) so that people will know what the Discover Me Challenges are about.

Once upon a time, not too long ago, my bestie (Skaty) and I used to have writing challenges that truly honed in on our deeper selves. They made us think, reflect, and share. We called these challenges “Discover Me Challenges”. I loved these challenges because not only did I have to dig deep and learn more about myself but I learned so much about my bff.
As if you didn’t already know where this is going… I am happy to say that we are going to resurrect the DMCs (Discover Me Challenges). YAY! I’ve been wanting to do this for so long!!
Every two weeks, starting this Thursday (Sept. 8, 2016), I will be posting a prompt/topic for the challenge. In the past, these topics ranged from: Childhood Memories, Letters to Your 13 Year Old Self, Charitable Organizations / Causes You Believe In, etc. There are no hard rules – just to write your post before the next prompt is up. Easy enough!
I welcome anyone who would like to join in on the fun!! Linkup and discover more about yourself!!

Please feel free to join us!!