Fur Coats and Pajamas

If you build it, they will come.

You know that old saying? Well, I’ve put my own spin on it.

See, when Rachel Platten sang “Broken Glass” on GMA, she basically showed up for work in her pajamas. And I said to myself “I wish I could do that!” That is, show up for work in something I might wear to bed and still get paid.

And then I thought about the fur coat Rachel wore in the music video for “Broken Glass” — which I was hoping she would wear on GMA, but she didn’t — and I thought “Rachel, aren’t you hot in that? It’s summer! Still, it looks really comfy. Can I have it? Pretty please?”

Eventually, I put two and two together: If I let myself have the fur coat now, I’ll get the pajamas later. In other words, if I start doing something I like to do — and something I feel like I’m capable of doing — then everything else will fall into place as it should.

Sounds simple, right? Not so much. Unfortunately, I’m trapped by trying to please people and make them understand me. But it seems everything I say goes in one ear and out the other. It’s sad really; I want to share something with them, but they just think it’s stupid. They couldn’t care less.

So I need to work on giving myself permission, so to speak. Remember that their perception of me doesn’t change what I’m passionate about. Because I can’t just ignore the shivers of excitement I get. If I do, my life won’t be as meaningful as it can be.

And we only get one life, so we might as well have fun with it, right?


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