The young son of a friend of mine is such a free spirit. He is very expressive in the way that he dresses and moves. He dares to wear things that many would call unconventional, drawing attention to himself. I know that there are people who may frown at the way he is, for he definitely doesn’t follow any norms. He is a rule-breaker, though he is also very much the embodiment of love for everyone and has a joyful quintessence. And he keeps trying to shine.
Kids are often like that, shining as beacons of hope, love, and joy in a world that often is the opposite. They are boisterous and ebullient. They love greatly and are afraid to be bold. (Oh hey, I wrote a blog post about that!) They express themselves in ways adults could not even fathom, and of course, like I said in my last post, they have imaginations galore.
But why is it that as we grow older, we are expected to act a certain way?
Too many times we are told that we need to hide the light we try to shine, especially when we are non-conformist. “Why can’t you be normal?” is often the question hastily asked. We are treated with disdain when we try to shine. We are told we are “too much.” We are told to tone down our ways, our exuberance, our expressions, even ourselves just to make others comfortable. And because more often than not we want to be accepted, we hide away the light that makes us shine.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.”~ “This Little Light of Mine” credited to Harry Dixon Loes, but of unknown origin
But what if we were to shine as brightly as kids seem to? What if we were to love as much and share as much joy as they do? What if we bubbled over with exuberance because we wanted to be a shining example? What kind of a world would it be if everyone shined brightly and no one tried to take another’s shine?
The world would be a much brighter place.
My dear readers, I challenge you. Find a way to rekindle that light of yours. Learn to make it shine brightly. Make others wonder about you. Let them say you’re too much…. because there is no such thing as too much when it comes to joy, love, hope, happiness. And no one is better suited to write your own story than you are, as bright as that story may be.
Write your own story.
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