“Each second we live is a new and unique moment in the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we teach them what they are?
We should say to them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed there has never been a child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.
If a man doesn’t keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the which he hears, however measured or far away.”–Henry David Thoreau
I was walking through the French Market one Saturday admiring the displays and produce when this “mohawk” gala apple jumped out at me. I kinda giggled and thought…Good for you…stand out in the crowd and rock this apple cart.
It made me think of our differences, what sets us apart from others. It wasn’t fun to be a “late bloomer” as a teenager, but I had an older brother that always reminded me that I was cool and not to worry. He was right but for me it was his encouragement and not finding fault that sustained me through those awkward year. How can we encourage others “uniqueness” through those times of being unsure of how to look at themselves as such a gift to the world…just the way they are.
I have raised 2 really cool kids that have always embraced their “uniqueness” and I have always said..yes yes yessssssssss! What a blessing they are to me and to the world. It is never too late to discover or rediscover what makes you you….and to celebrate it….not hide it. If the spirit hits you to wear one pink sock and one purple…go for it… if you feel like letting your “get it “gurl/guy out walking down Michigan Ave…. jump all over it!
I hope you all go out and fly your freak flag PROUDLY! Have a great weekend…peace out for now.