Last night my 12 year old, in her fabulous unicorn onesie, and I went to an outdoor showing of Jurassic Park. We arrived a little too early and waited patiently as the giant screen was slowly blown up and more and more families excitedly gathered.
An hour and a half later, with a knowing glance and quick exchange of words, we agreed that we were already peopling out. We gathered up the well-worn blanket, drove back home and I climbed into my PJ’s. We made our own stove top popcorn, heavy on the butter and sea salt as we like it, lowered the dusty blinds and happily Netflixed Jurassic Park from the quiet comfort of our own living room.
I experienced a brief moment of frustration with myself about my introverted tendencies and then quickly shifted my thoughts toward self-acceptance. My daughter and I both had fun together and we also tried the outdoor thing. Albiet briefly. I don’t know how to “do” anyone else and unless I tip into comparison, I am content.
A reader of my blog or FB page shared a quote with me several months back that I love and which I suspect you, too, might appreciate:
We won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated with purpose. -Bob Goff.
Wow. I like to read that over and over and let it sink in deep and take root.
I know my purpose and the gifts that I bring to the world…even if there are yet hazy moments that I waver in comparison or self-doubt. I like who I am even as I embrace growth and becoming and admire the wildly different gifts that you offer.
There’s ample room for both of us.
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