Monday, February 7, 2011


I've realized that over the course of my life, I've defined myself as the shy, quiet girl.  Whether I did this to fill in a gap between my funny and athletic sister, outgoing brother or witty brother, or to just be a little more invisible in the crowd while going through school, or if I did this because I was afraid of being something else, I'm not sure.  While being shy and quiet are two things that I cannot eliminate out of my personality, they are only two aspects of who I am among many different qualities.

I'm not the biggest Katy Perry fan, but there is something about her song, "Firework," that really strikes a cord with me.  And especially meant something to me this weekend when I was surrounded by people both whom I know very well and not well at all and for once I felt like I had no walls up.  I wasn't self-conscious about the way I looked, or nervous about conversation, or anxious about seeing certain people.  I was really comfortable in my own skin which is a feeling that I am not used to.  It felt really good to feel that way.

Just because I've always been the shy, quiet girl doesn't mean that I always have to be the shy, quiet girl.  Even though we are now a month into the new year, my resolution is to try to step out of my comfort zone and to live my life outside of those two words that I have defined myself by for so long.  In doing this, I hope to continue to get more comfortable in my own skin and to be confident in who I am and what I have to offer those around me.

If you haven't heard the song, look up the lyrics, maybe the words will jump off the page and ignite something in you too.

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