So, I had the idea of writing a blog about flaws. Not sure exactly where I was headed with that, but just thought it seemed to go along with a general theme I’ve had in my life lately. When you go through a major life change (in my case, a breakup – but it can be anything, a job change, a move, a death of a loved one, etc.), it’s actually a good time to do a little reassessing. Ya know, looking around. Trying to figure out who you are, why you’re here, etc., and use that information to make a fresh start. And in my particular case, it has made me take a pretty good hard long look at myself and wonder what part I may have played in getting to where I am now. Now, I’m not saying I’m beating myself up. On the contrary, actually. It’s just a little self-analysis. A little realization of who I am – the good and the bad – and deciding what might need to be worked on.
So, that was the idea. But. Well. That’s not exactly what ended up happening.
I didn’t realize what a can of worms this would open up.
I reached out to some friends (and even some exes if you can believe that) to ask them to be honest with me about what they saw in me that they would consider flaws. Let me give you some examples of the answers I got.
- An ex-boyfriend response: You were always wondering/worrying about my thoughts/feelings even when I insisted I was telling you the truth.
- A close friend response: I feel that you are dependent on other people’s views & feelings toward you to determine your emotional state & self-worth.
- Another ex-boyfriend: I always loved talking to you. More than you know. But when I would say I didn’t want to talk about something, you wouldn’t let it go. I would get so mad, I would just shut down completely.
- Another close friend: I feel like you spend too much time searching for something externally to fill the God-sized hole inside of you. [Wow.]
- Another ex-boyfriend: I value my life too much to answer that question. [Haha…that’s my favorite.]
- Another close friend: You need to recognize your own worth and awesomeness more. [Ok nevermind, maybe that’s my favorite…and I actually got this response more than once.]
(Now, I could go in all kinds of tangents with analyzing those responses, but I’m going to try not to get too deep. Just stating the facts here, peeps. )
- Another notable response – When mentioning that I was writing this article, someone remarked: I think you’re just venting. It’s time to move on.
Hmmm. Ok. We may have to come back to that one. But first:
In doing all this ‘research,’ a friend of mine reminded me of the Jennifer Grey nose job story. You’ll probably remember Jennifer Grey from Dirty Dancing. But I’m willing to bet you that you don’t remember her from anything else. After Dirty Dancing, she had a nose job. Apparently she had a ‘bump’ on her nose (news to me) that she thought she needed to have fixed. So, she did. She saw a “flaw” and she zapped it. But then, you know what happened? Her career plummeted. She was quoted as saying, “I went in the operating room a celebrity – and came out anonymous. It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible. I remember going to a restaurant where I had been going for years. I ran into people I knew and would say, ‘Hey.’ Nothing. I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody recognizes… because of a nose job.” She was no longer even recognizable. Now, I’m not saying she had been “known” for her nose or anything – but changing something that made her who she was made her someone that people didn’t even recognize anymore. Fixing what she thought was a flaw, ended up changing her life. And not for the better.
Ok, so I’ve thrown this random smorgasbord of information out here. Now, what do I do with it?
Well, here we go.
So here’s what I have decided, and it all comes down to this: I’m a hot mess. Yes, there are definitely some things that I could work on. There are. (Being less insistent for responses from others being the main one that jumps out at me.) But, so what!? I’m a little insistent. Big fat hairy deal. Yes, I care a little too much what people think of me. That’s a flaw. It’s me. It’s who I am. Maybe that’s why I write? For the responses I get from others? For the feedback? Eh, who knows…
Which brings me back to the remark about ‘venting.’
Is that what I’m doing? Ok. Maybe so. But here’s my response to that. Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) is one of my favorite authors of all time. She motivates me and she inspires me. If she had stopped “venting” and just moved on without writing about it, she wouldn’t be where she is today. And maybe I wouldn’t be where I am today without that influence. So, in that same fashion, I’m not going to stop either. Writing is therapeutic; it’s healing; it’s who I am. I take what happens in my life and I vomit it out on paper for all the world to see. Am I crazy? Maybe. Am I too transparent? Maybe. Am I making a fool of myself? Maybe. But let me tell you something. As of my latest stat count, people have looked at this crazy transparent fool’s blog a grand total of 500 times. 500 times people have looked at what I have to say. And if only one of those 500 times ended up being a time that touched someone’s heart and showed them that they aren’t alone in this crazy world we all live in, then it was worth it. Unlike Jennifer Grey’s nose – this blog ain’t changing. I’m not changing. Flaws and all, here I am.
And on that note…I’ll leave you with a quote from Robert Porterfield, the founder of Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia:
“If you like us, talk about us!
If you don’t, then keep your mouth shut.”