Choosing yourself 365 days a year!
When my daughter was 10 years old, I asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween … to my shock and surprise she started to cry.
Through the panic on her face, the tears in her eyes, and the jumbled upset words, I was finally able to piece together why she was so upset!
Meg didn’t want to dress up as anything at all … she wanted to go out for Halloween as herself!
When I asked her what that would look like, she suggested we go shopping at Gap Kids so she could pick out an outfit that really conveyed who she was.
A couple of hours later, we arrived home with a new white short sleeved t-shirt, and a red leather matching jacket and mini skirt.
She was so the most excited I had ever seen her.
We even added a name tag that said ‘Hello my name is Meg’!
Unfortunately, the world (or at least the neighbourhood) was not ready for a kid to go out for Halloween as themselves.
People didn’t get it … in fact they didn’t even try to get it … some didn’t give her candy because she wasn’t wearing a costume!
The story of Meg at Halloween came back to me immediately when I saw this YouTube video by Jay Shetty. Take a look … it’s really well done!
It is easy to watch others successes and failures with a critical eye … but it is important to remember everyone has their own journey!
Halloween is a fabulously fun time to dress up, and pretend you are something you are not … just be careful to never lose sight of your journey, your time, your clock and ultimately your passion. Meg didn’t!