On being awesome

 

Awesome is a state of mind.

What’s the deal with this whole being awesome thing, anyway? Well. You can choose to believe you’re awesome or you can choose to believe you’re not. I’m going with the former. If I don’t believe I’m awesome, why should anyone else?

Back in high school when I was an angsty teen taking French, I had this motto: “Je ne regrette rien.” If you’re rusty on your French I, this means “I regret nothing.” Since then, I’ve tried to stand by this. Life happened & stuff got real when I was in my late teens – early twenties. By the time I was 25, things were getting back on track. I was doing the single mom thing, I graduated from Florida State University and I was working. Then I had emergency surgery for what turned out to be ovarian cancer. I got lucky & the surgery was all I needed. After that, I went back to my day-to-day & things didn’t change much. My friends used to tell me back then that my life was hard. To me, it was just life & I lived it the best I knew how.

It wasn’t until my late twenties that I realized I really like myself. Everything I had been through up until that point made me who I am and I like who I am. I’m funny, sarcastic & loyal. I’m freaking awesome. Do I wish some things in my life were maybe different? Sometimes. Can I be healthier? Sure. Can I have more patience? You betcha! Can I . . . a lot of things? Yep. I can dwell on the things I might need to work on but I don’t. The negativity is exhausting. Not to mention if all those things were different, I might be different. As it turns out, I don’t want that.

I choose to believe I’m awesome. Will I work on some things & be even more awesome one day? Probably. I’m not perfect and people are a work in a progress. I credit a great deal of my shift in mindset to my friend Stephanie who has a mission for “you to love you like Kanye loves Kanye.” I’m getting there, friends. I hope you do too.


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