Reverb 10 – Beautifully Different

I wonder if I am the only one who thought of Jill Scott’s album “Beautifully Human” when I saw this prompt. Take a listen here:

Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.

I don’t want to drive you guys too crazy, so I’ll make a short list of the 10 things that make me different/light people up.

1. My hometown is several places, I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, lived in Kansas City, Missouri, went to High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and college in Chicago, Illinois. My family is also from Central Arkansas, so I claim “southern values,” midwestern motivation, Minneapolis introduced me to diversity and Chicago made me a woman.

2. I was born on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius, so I describe myself as an Aquarius with Capricorn tendencies. The “Capricorn” in me is stable, practical and serious, the “Aquarius” in me is eccentric, independent and idealistic.

3. I overcame great hardship to be where I am today. You can find a piece of that story here:

4. I can forgive and move on pretty easily with those that I love, but with those that have some emotional/physical distance, when I’m done, I’m done. I guess you can say, I’m generally pretty extreme in my choices… I don’t really do gray areas.

5. I’m very rebellious… if I feel forced to do something I have a strong negative internal reaction.

6. Other people say that I make faces that make them laugh. I’m not very good at masking my true thoughts/feelings.

7. My handwriting is very nice and I always get complimented on it but I “practiced” years for it. I copied the alphabet well into middle school and often traced over & over the handwriting (letters, journal and yearbook entries) of people that I liked. One of my students once said it should be a font.

8. I love “hood” songs… my favorite right now is the “The Stanky Legg” That is the only one I’m willing to admit publicly…

9. I’m an idea girl… my head is usually in the clouds and I can daydream and fantasize for days…

10. I believe strongly in the power of words… I believe that we speak (and think) things into existence so I am very quick to say “Don’t put that energy out there” or “Take that back!” lol….

One for the road: I could’ve been a court stenographer. I took 8 years of keyboarding classes (starting at age 5), so I type ridiculously fast.

Now excuse me while I run so that no one prescribes meds for me or recommends a straightjacket.

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