September 07

Be a super special snowflake. Or not.

Happy Labor Day everyone!

If you’re lucky enough to have a long weekend, my hope is that you’ll find some time today to stop, take a deep breath, relax, and BELIEVE.

That’s right. Today I’m talking about The LEGO Movie.

giphyMy son and his friend chose this movie during a recent sleepover, to which my husband and I both groaned out loud. (Spoiler alert: unpopular opinion ahead!) We had high hopes, had heard great things, and upon the first viewing…were slightly disappointed. (Though we DID sing that “Everything is Awesome” song for days and days afterward. Which isn’t necessarily a vote in the “plus” column.)

But being the sacrificial parents we are, when faced with two grinning, excited seven year-olds full of pizza, we caved and popped the movie into the DVD player. And I’ll admit it–we were pleasantly surprised. It was much more entertaining the second time around and I found myself really, really moved by the story. Maybe it was our mood, or our frame of mind at the time, but whatever the reason, I came away thinking about this movie for days afterward.

Whether you’re like Emmet, the main character who is exactly like everyone else and tries to fit in (guilty!) or whether you’re more like the super special snowflake referenced by Mr. Business, the type of person who likes to stand out from the crowd (also guilty!), the truth is that, in the end, we’re all looking for acceptance, for something we feel we are missing or lacking, for some sort of validation from the universe.

Believing in one’s self, while as cheesy as the movie makes it out to be, isn’t always the easiest thing to do or figure out, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a kid, an adult, or a writer navigating the publishing world. It’s sometimes hard. And until you believe in yourself and stop worrying what other’s do or don’t think, it probably isn’t going to get much easier.

So my wish for all of us today (and everyday) is that we’ll find ourselves in that special place, that place where we’re confident in ourselves but not egotistical, where we can let others be who they are without judgment, where we celebrate our differences while being comfortable in our own skin, and that maybe for a while, our overactive minds and bodies will find peace.

Here’s one of my favorite, more grown-up songs on battling your own thoughts/emotions. It’s called “World War Me” by Theory of a Deadman. (Related: if you like your rock a little harder, TOADM’s “Savages” album is absolutely spectacular. Every. Single. Song.)


Until next time…

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