For many years of my life, I felt like I couldn't look nice especially on a day to day basis. I'm not quite sure what fully made me so uncomfortable about it, maybe it was the possible attention that might happen - but looking nice was for special occasions and for sure, only when other people were dressed up too!
I think part of me was afraid that if I looked too nice on a day to day that people would say that I was 'too into myself', 'stuck up', or that I was 'trying too hard'! ... these type of statements were thrown at me often.
...I was criticized a lot and instead of not caring, I tried to prove people wrong by showing them how non-into-myself or prideless I really was. This looked a lot like wearing dulled down boy clothes and little-to-no makeup! Remember the key was to not stand out!
Man, I wish Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off' ....'Haters gonna hate' lyrics were around when I was growing up... it's true - there will always be people who criticize and tear you down and for no reason other than that they are insecure in themselves.
Their insecurity masked in attack and criticism has absolutely NOTHING to do with YOU!
A few years ago, I felt like God kept reminding me of a quote from a movie (which is also ironically from Dr. Seuss)
'Why are you trying so hard to fit in...when you were born to stand out?!'
Such a great line to hold onto.
We were each created because there wasn't another one of us on the earth yet...this is so incredibly cool!
So stop worrying about what other people think...they are too caught up worrying about themselves anyways....
DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
GO AFTER NEW THINGS EVERY DAY!
BE WILD. BE FREE. BE HAPPILY YOU!