#Reverb10: Beautifully Different

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.

I’m shy about this prompt. I don’t like tooting my own horn. But I will share an anecdote with you about a conversation I had recently and it sort of, a little bit, kind of, sort of is related. Ish.

I had a strategy meeting with Briana and Miranda recently about a bid we are submitting. We scheduled it at my house because I had to fit in baking cookies for a cookie exchange as well, and so we got together on a Friday night. We chatted about the project we are working on, got our business done, and soon the conversation drifted a bit. As groups of women do when they get together, we talked about strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, children, husbands, jobs, houses, et cetera.

Briana told me she thinks my super power is making friends.

That’s not a particularly different or unique quality – I mean, there are an awful lot of people out there capable of making friends. But I was quite flattered that of all of my qualities (some great, some indifferent, some not so awesome) it is my ability to make friends that stands out enough to Briana for her to label it my super power.

Briana’s a catalyst – a spark plug. She’s great at connecting dots, bringing groups together, planning the stuff. But she doesn’t see herself as being particularly good at making friends. (Since she’s a good friend of mine, I disagree).

It’s funny. In high school (hoo boy, here we go, Memory Lane – whee!) I had a few close friends, none of which are still a part of my life anymore. I was friends with people on sports teams. I wasn’t the most popular (by far) but I wasn’t too far on the fringe, either. I was a middle of the road child, socially speaking. I really struggled with wanting people to like me but finding I didn’t actually like them that much anyway.

Special for you, a picture of me from grade 8 with my blue plastic glasses and my pastel rainbow sweater. I love the accessories: locket, opal stud earrings, and LIP GLOSS. Dude, I was cool. Would you have wanted to be friends with this girl?

Yeah, that's a mullet
8 years ago

4 Comments

  1. First…Briana (as always!) is so very right.

    Second…I admire your courage to put that 8th grade picture on the internet. My mom had all mine from 8th grade and I forbade her to ever show anyone, EVER, those pictures. I did not have a mullet (I don’t think…maybe I’ve blocked it out!), but the glasses, the sweater and the blue hazy background are eerily (and scarily!) familiar. 😉

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