I just finished reading/skimming “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. It was pretty good but I skimmed a lot of it. Basically she comes up with resolutions for each month that she thinks will make her happier. One of her “rules” is to “Be Gretchen”. For example, she thinks she should like classic literature but she loves children’s novels and Stephen King. Her rule was to just be herself.
As most of my regular readers know, I have been working on this very thing. Being happy with who am I instead of who I think I should be.
It’s not easy though, is it?
For whatever reason, I think it’s really difficult to just be…yourself. I love Harry Potter and Twilight and Hunger Games; I haven’t ever read Little Women and have no desire to. I love stupid Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell movies but can’t stand musicals. I love pizza with everything on it. Justin Bieber music makes me happy along with Eminem and Beyonce and Adele and The Black-Eyed Peas. I love my Mom. I don’t like to talk crap about my husband like many wives do. I enjoy a glass of wine almost every night if I can. Ice cream and cheesecake do me in. I drink caffeine. I adore being a Mom. Sometimes my kids drive me so crazy I want to hide. I love my short hair and doubt I will ever go back to long hair. I hate high heels but love my Converse. My house is sometimes messy and dirty. All of these things might not be what I “should” like or do but it is me.
I just loved that simple statement of “Be Tiffany” and I’m going to start reminding myself to just be me. My most favorite people in the world are just that…authentic. Why shouldn’t I emulate that? I’m starting now.
How about you?