Putting Yourself on a Pedestal & OWNING IT

This may sound a little crazy but I just had an epiphany the other day. And it has to do with slippers.

Stay with me here, I haven’t gotten a lot of sleep lately.

Before I get into the slipper business, I want to share my feelings with you. Since I’m a girl, I tend to have a big barrel of sparkly emotions in my closet. For a while I’ve been feeling…lost. That sounded super sad and lame in my head, but I can’t think of any other way to explain it. After graduating and working on “finding myself” in the real world, all of my answers have been toss ups.

All of those wistful questions run through my mind (in a soft, meek and quiet voice — just to be extra dramatic). “Who am I? What am I suppose to be doing in this world? Is what I’m doing the right thing?”All of these questions run through my mind every day, constantly making sure I’m in the right place at the right time — even though I have full control of knowing what is “right.”

It would be easy to make myself believe that everything I’m doing RIGHT NOW is where I’m suppose to be and worrying about that kind of stuff is not worth it. You can spend so much wasted time worrying about who you are, when instead you could be doing amazing things. Like making sure your sugar cookies are moist enough in the middle. Or getting to the dance floor in time for ‘Party Rock’ by LMFAO. Or watching Rachel Zoe marathons all day on Bravo while eating an entire box of Cheese-Its (it’s been done before).

But, no matter how much I try to keep worrying at bay, I can’t get away from it. And here’s where the slippers come in. Imagine that you owned a pair of slippers and one day you lost them. After looking for them for days, say a good friend of yours found them under the bed. But for some reason, they looked different to you. Even though they were yours, you denied it. “Those aren’t my slippers and they’re still lost!” You screamed dramatically and cried your eyeballs out. Because, well, your slippers were awesome.

Even though you’re probably staring at this article and imagining me going insane, hear me out.

In the slipper story, the slippers are my metaphor for who you are. No matter if who you are or what you’re looking for is right in front of you — if you keep denying it, you won’t have anything at all. So in the end, you need to OWN IT. Own who you are. Take whatever it is you have right now and take pride in it. If you keep saying “nope, that’s not it, those aren’t it,” your slippers and “who you are” aren’t ever going to be there to keep you warm. The only way to personal contentment, is to absorb and own everything that’s authentically you. Don’t deny it, don’t hold back from the truth. There is nothing to be ashamed of.

Take those slippers and shove them on. They’re yours and they fit.

This post was derived from my author archives at CollegeCandy.com.

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Author:bechaffee

University of Saint Thomas graduate. Minnesota-bred and happy to talk about the weather any time you’d like! Strongly believes any situation can be bettered by a slice of generously buttered toast or Phil Dunphy. Would get arrested to touch Justin Timberlake’s face. Always trying to be a better person by not wishing horrible karma on people driving slow in the fast lane. Hear more: @twitter @instagram

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4 Comments on “Putting Yourself on a Pedestal & OWNING IT”

  1. November 4, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    Hi there girl! I just found your blog via googling a happy picture; one of the results was this elephant “in the shower” that you posted some time ago ! It made my day. 🙂
    Wow, what a nice blog ^^ I hope you check out mine, in case you want to.

    Have a happy day!
    Satu

  2. February 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Your blog is awesome! I love the witty language and the versatilety C: And I think the slippers actually make sence, although I must admit I had my doubts about that for most of the post, as you suspected.

    • February 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      Yay! Thank you so much for reading! As you suspected as well, I had my doubts with the slippers too. But I was determined to make it work. 🙂

  3. March 2, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    this article is exactly what i needed! I’m gonna qoute you and source you on my blog 🙂
    Thank you!

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