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happy monday! let's start this week off a lil different with story time.
once upon a time, i dated this boy. this boy did not like the beach. because this boy did not like the beach, i claimed to not like the beach. but this is so far from the truth because i love the beach and everything to do with it. for almost two whole years, i ended up convincing myself that i didn't care if i went to the beach or not. we broke up and i immediately got back together with the beach. me and the ocean have been tight ever since.
once upon another time, i was seeing this other boy. he absolutely hated whatever i posted on instagram and twitter. this boy made fun of me constantly for anything and everything i did on social media. at first, i cared. i really did. i started trying to filter everything i did by what he would deem worthy to post. this was exhausting and i am lazy. i stopped caring after a short while and i have been saying and posting whatever i've wanted ever since. life is much easier this way.
currently, i am dating a guy who absolutely hates my black, chunky birkenstock sandals. he calls them my dad sandals. and you know what? he's so right; they are dad sandals. to make it worse, i often wear them with socks. but to be honest with you all, i really don't care. i love my birks and they are quite possibly my most favorite shoe i've ever bought. i love how they look and how they feel and everything. i don't care that i possibly look like a 40 year old father trying to be hip to impress his kids but failing miserably. i'm never getting rid of these sandals. i love my boyfriend, but i also love how much he hates my birks. it's kind of funny. (sorry, collin)
i told you guys these stories about my love life to basically say this: please, please, please never be ashamed of who you are and what you like or don't like. it has taken me almost five years to get to this point, but it is well worth being here. these stories show my progressions of seriously caring way too much on impressing others, to slowly starting to embrace myself for who i am and what i enjoy. do not belittle your feelings and interests because they don't match up to somebody else's. everybody is different. everybody likes different things. the things that interest you, interest you for a reason. God placed these quirks and hobbies and ideas and fascinations in your life for a reason. Psalm 139:14 proclaims that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, every single part of you. don't ever forget that. the world would be an awfully boring place if we all liked the same things. surround yourself with people who love you for your differences. don't let people diminish who you are as a person, especially for whatever makes you happy. the only kind of people you need in your life are ones who support you, lift you up, and fill up your soul with positive things.
also, try not to be one of those people who tear others down for what they enjoy. it's perfectly okay to tell somebody that you don't like something, but never try to get them to stop doing it if it's not bringing you any harm. live in harmony with one another. it's really not that hard to be a nice person who respects others. try it out, it could change the world.
embrace your quirks. wear those birks, even if your boyfriend hates them. don't be afraid to like what you like. you were created the way you are for a reason by the One who loves you and everything about you oh so very much.
documenting the fun years.