I am probably one of the most straight-laced people you'll ever meet. I don't swear, drink, smoke, or do drugs. Never have, never will.
What's really amazing is I don't ever have to tell people this. They just seem to know and most people respectfully adjust their behavior when around me. I've even been told by a few friends that since becoming friends with me on Facebook, they've made an honest attempt to keep it clean knowing I'll be reading their posts.
I love that who I truly am shines through without my having to say a word.
But I have a secret. Or I used to.
I have a rebellious side.
Not an I'm-going-to-jail-if-I-get-caught kind of rebellious side. Oh, no. Not anything that insidious or deviant. Not by any means.
My rebellious side strays toward being a character, a unique individual who stands out from the crowd. I don't want to just blend in. I want to be...me.
Which is why today, I did this.
No. I didn't get a piercing. I'm not into doing anything that permanent (although my ears are pierced). It's an ear cuff. I made it yesterday after seeing one on Pinterest and I adore it. There will be more where that came from in all sorts of shapes and colors.
I'll admit, I was both excited and nervous about this new look. I've never done anything this bold. Seriously. Never. But I FREAKING LOVE IT. Let's try that again because simple caps don't convey enough feeling.
I FREAKING LOVE IT!!!
Add my hats, my enviable wardrobe (that reference goes out to my friend, Julie, who keeps threatening to sneak into my closet and steal my clothes), and my geeky nerdy writerly nature and I have never felt more like me in my life. It's incredibly liberating being who I love. And I love myself. Truly, one-hundred-percent LOVE myself; flaws, imperfections, and all.
It's taken a long time to get here, but it's worth every second of the trials and tribulations I've suffered. I'm chasing my dreams and slaying my dragons. My friends are the most amazing people in the world (and I have adopted a few of them as family). My family is outstandingly supportive and encouraging. I am who I am and I've never been happier.
I am who I love.
Can it get any better than that?
I think not.