I read this really very interesting post yesterday. I'm not sure whose it was, or where it was - I followed a rabbit trail around the internet for quite a while, jumping through this hoop and over that branch and landing in some pretty interesting places.
In the post, the author details things that she likes and things that she hates. The vanilla of the internet, if you will - surely that post is a dime a dozen. But it DID make me think.
The hates and likes of our lives are what make us - us. What make us unique and special and so completely different from the person in the next cubicle/home/block/continent. The things that make each of us just like exactly no one else that we've ever met or not met.
Here are some of the things that are unique to me.
I absolutely cannot stand beets. Or carrots. I love to read in my bed. I fell out of a tree when I was 18 and to this day can't remember the entire day before or after. I wake up with a headache every day of my life and have since I can remember. I hate to wear socks. I'm afraid I'll end up being an old lady with huge ropey varicose veins. Which makes me really a very vain person indeed. I'm addicted to Facebook and Instagram and wearing sunglasses. I have the coldest hands and feet in the entire free world. Ask my husband.
I get seriously twitchy if I don't have a tube of lip balm every minute of the day - I have one in the car, at my desk, by my bed and in my purse - and always in the pocket of my jeans. I love to wear dresses and, also, sweat pants. My favorite flavors are lemon and vanilla and I'm secretly squigged out by beer. If I could eat spaghetti and garlic bread every day, I would. I'm snarky and smart mouthed and I hate to hurt people's feelings.
My parents are divorced. My husband was before he and I married. I'm completely fine with the fact that I'll never have another baby - babies do not make my ovaries hurt. I'm super judgemental even though I super try not to be. I bite my tongue all day long. I love to serve at funerals and I tear up at every eulogy. I'm not sentimental for cards/books/flowers/ etc - but one of the ladies I do funeral ministry with told me today that Jan 28 is the anniversary of her daughter's death 30 years ago and I'm going to send her a card to arrive on that day.
That's the kind of sentimental stuff I do. I also turned someone in to the cops tonight.
Charlie and Lola was my favorite kids show, and I still watch it if it comes on. I love the movies Overboard, The Breakfast Club and Steel Magnolias. I do 50 squats and 50 push ups every day, as well as the burpee challenge I'm in right now. I once did a musical theater show in which I was asked to please, for the love of God, stop singing and just lip synch. Lord of the Rings,Legos, and Star Wars bore me to tears.
Music is my lifeline. Julie Andrews had the best voice of anyone, ever. I once did a ballet in a baseball field in front of 1000 people wearing a chicken suit. I don't watch award shows, or really, much TV. Except I Love Lucy every morning from 5-7. Goals for this year? Learn to shoot a hand gun, buy a motorcycle and connect with the person to do prison ministry.
I'd be willing to bet that you all have at least one of those things in common with me - which one?
I'd be willing to bet we have a lot less in common than you ever thought - and that's ok.
Did any of those surprise you?