The adventurous life is one marked by being unafraid. But of what are we afraid? So many times it’s not outside sources that we are afraid of, its the personal struggle of who we are and being accepted that way. I am sitting here watching “Ellen’s 20th anniversary of ‘The Puppy Episode,'” celebrating the day that she came out to the world. I remember as a young girl what it was like to watch all the controversy around this issue. I remember how much people disliked Ellen for saying, “I’m gay,” on national television.
I personally am not gay, but I do know what it is like to be a weirdo. I know what it feels like to be afraid of what people will think about you. I know how it feels when you are afraid to be you and let others see you for who you are. But the fact remains that we cannot live fully if we hide who we are from the world. Living an adventurous life is being who we are and not being afraid of who that is.
Though on a much smaller scale, of course, I know how difficult this is. I had an experience that pointed out to me just how weird I am. You can read about that experience here.
The fact of the matter is I am grateful that I am weird and love that I, now, am happy to be who I am and would not change any aspect of my life for anyone or anything. Living an adventurous life is learning to accept who we are and be that person without fear of acceptance from others. In fact, I have found that the more I allow others to see exactly who I am, the more they love and accept me. I have found that being true to yourself, no matter what, is a more joyful and happy experience than being accepted by way of social mores.
Thanks to strong brave people, like Ellen, we have examples and can follow their lead to being ourselves. The best part of being weird and being yourself is that you learn how to accept others for who they are as well. We learn to be kind to others and let them be themselves, as we all journey through this adventure called life toghether.