Hey Sand Stars!
During my twenties, I was continuously apologising for not ‘fitting in’ with a particular stereotype. I was concerned that people may not understand that my quirky, carefree, bohemian demeanour and sense of humour was only an aspect of me. I was concerned that they may not realise that the other side of me was very determined, into seeking knowledge, hard-working and unwavering in the morals and values of my faith and upbringing.
I know SO many people- especially women -who, too, seem to struggle to marry the different aspects of their personalities and thus be themselves completely.
When I was growing up, my siblings and I were encouraged to think outside of the box and have big dreams. We were also encouraged- most importantly -to be true to ourselves, no matter what others may think.
The latter has (and still is) quite the journey.
We’re told to ‘be ourselves,’ but society has indoctrinated us with images of perfection (Victoria’s Secret models; this means you…) and that we need to be earning this much and that much to be happy. We’re told that we can ‘have opinions’ but not talk about those opinions (side note: opinions are not judgement, as some may think).
Today, I’d like to tell you that I’ve chosen to just BE.
And HOLY SMOKES, it’s pretty darn cool.
I strive to be a better person, a better Muslim, a better business-woman, a better musician; but I’m happy with who I am right at this moment.
You should be, too.
There’s a reason we all look different- we’re as unique and beautiful as snowflakes. So, revel in your individuality and just BE.
Wishing you all the best!
And, as you celebrate yourself, remember to…
Live, Love & Laugh Littlepianodiva Style!