Have you seen this picture? It has been circulating social media for quite awhile. Many of us relate to the little girl on the right, joyfully being herself and making her own rules in life.
I was definitely that little girl. I got lost in daydreams, I became so engrossed in books that I lost track of the world around me. I didn’t worry too much about what others thought of me.
My mother used to share stories about watching me at dance class. Parents sat behind a two-way mirror while their children did their best to follow along with the strict ballet instructor. While other students were carefully paying attention, I was staring at my reflection, twirling around and generally doing my own thing. It was clear I would never become a prima ballerina, but it was also clear that I was someone who would make my own way in life.
I have always had a certain amount of disregard for rules. I am so grateful to my Mom who taught me to stand up for myself. I am not afraid to challenge authority and fight for what I believe in. I think that most people who know me would agree that I am still very much like that little girl - joyfully making up her own way of doing things.