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“Good Bye“…Ronnie to the Ozarks
Growing up, I didn’t embrace all the nuances that made the Ozarks, The Ozarks. When you consider that my brethren gets teased a lot in the movies, and media as Nascar hat wearing, chew in the mouth having, dentists wet dream walking, idiot….yeah, maybe I’m not so quick to admit the place of my birth…..but then as I grew up, I started to BE all that made me me….Mostly because it became OKAY…to be me….Hmm, It’s Okay To Be Me….I like it….but just in case you need a hint, the secret is to be CONFIDENT…..they won’t step as often, if you make it seem like you can handle yourself.
I was telling my son about the “toughest” girl in school, and that I wasn’t sure if she ever had to fight, or if it were more likely that she had a REP….and didn’t have rumble. That was my dream growing up….I’d be so tough, people wouldn’t dare to “touch this”, but alas, I had to prove myself, over and over and over. It’s a lot like NOW, and I still have people stepping…GEESH….it’s exhausting. Having lunch in a small diner, in a small town, my son asked me what growing up HERE, in the Ozarks was like…..and would I go to a Lebanon, reunion? Sometimes, I think about it…(Dream sequence) the doors slam open, in I walk with Louboutin heels, Dior Dress, bag and shoes, Chanel makeup….Hair to the Kapow…..a ray of light shines in behind me (aka Weird Science style), that outlines my legs and dress…..Nefarious and Infamous…..I would look AMAZING, but would it take away the pain of my youth? No…because like the phobia of spiders, that pain was created and developed in the molding stages of my development, the memories of a child, tends to affect the rational of the adult….Here’s my point….
It’s Okay To Be Me….and it is! But this isn’t some liberal mind screw about us all being equal, or some Faith-based conversation where I tell you you’re special and try to get you to walk down the altar, no this is about accepting yourself as the person you are, and then, enveloping others, to accept you as well. It really is about loving yourself enough to be quirky, silly, amusing…and eccentric. I had a friend tell me that she could NEVER write half the things I write and get away with it, “If you just wrote what you wanted, the audience that accepts you, will find you” I said….and it’s true…..just be the person you are…and your light, will lead others to your flame….Okay, that’s cheesy, but I don’t know how much simpler I can be about it. Being of Ozarkian origin, is an amazing birthright. It’s about taking no sh*t, but not creating any either…It’s about being kind to others, giving the shirt off your back if necessary, and being honest without being cruel. It’s Okay To Be Me…..because I’m comfortable with my Spirit….it’s okay to be you…..but serious on the class reunion in Lebanon…I’d love a chance to wear those heels, and carry that bag….seeing Willy Mayberry again….Sigh…..I’m shopping for my dress now. Be Blessed.
Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Saturday.