December 8 – Beautifully Different (#reverb10)

December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

I was raised in a family of three children; the only girl sandwiched between my two brothers. My father had a sincere desire to make each of us feel special. He used to tell me - possibly more so than my brothers - that I was special because I was unique.

He took pride in the similarities in our personalities - mine and his - yet celebrated the things that set us apart from each other, even as he lamented my differing points of view (most notably throughout my teen years). 

I’m a headstrong, stubborn person and I have been pretty much my entire life. I have strong opinions and, for many years, wasn’t afraid to share them. As I got older, I’ve learned a little tact and discretion, though the opinions are still there.

I’ve also become less and less like my dad as I get older and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by Dad. He gave me a great compliment when he acknowledged that he sees me growing more and more like my mother. She was a quiet, level-headed, (mostly) sensible, nurturing, kind human being. Being like her is a good thing. 

My inner self is a mold of two people who’ve influenced my entire life - through good times and bad.

I am similar, but different.