Since I was often by myself, I did a lot of creative play. I was very shy and my mom moved me and my sister around a lot, so I didn't usually have very many close friends. My imagination became my best friend. I spent so much time writing, drawing, creating, and dreaming. It's all I ever wanted to do, even at school...especially at school lol. I could *never* focus on those lessons. There was way too much going on in my imagination.
One of the things I loved doing was, I loved creating a story of this imaginary world that I could visit. A world where no one ever got sick or hurt. A world where everyone was nice to each other and no one got left out. A world where things were fair and everyone was equal. A world full of color and hope, light and dreams, laughter and rainbows. That was the place I felt most comfortable. A place I could be me and it was okay. My world. I remember drawing pictures of all of the things that were there and the adventures I had. When I was alone with just me and my imagination, I didn't ever have to hold back. I didn't care if I didn't fit a mold. I didn't need to fit in. I could be whoever I wanted to be.
The thing that I have realized as I've gotten older, is that all of those things that made me feel like an outcast as a child, are the very things that people seem to like about me as an adult. The imaginary stories and places I treasured so much as a child, the dreams I had, the colors and the hope I saw...it is all now reflected in the art I create. The things that as a child I thought would be the end of me, actually are the very things that breathe life into me.
If as a child I was told that I could be anyone I wanted to be, I would have chosen anyone *but* me. Now, I am finding out that this person who is me is actually okay. I don't mind that I am different and see things waaaay outside the box. It's okay if I'm not like most people. I am like some people. And, I am me. I am exactly who I am, in the place I am supposed to be, doing what I enjoy doing, surrounded by people I love. The good, bad, silly, anxious, random, serious, compassionate, real, warm, loyal, honest, forgetful, shy, strange, quirky...it's all me. And I've decided, I'm okay being me.
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