Some fun facts about me, in no particular order:
I have scars up and down both shins which I earned when I fell down my parents’ back steps. Twice.
I have sprained my wrists more times than I can count, after falling while trying to roller skate. Eventually I gave up on the rollerskating thing. It was for the best.
I like to cook. In related news, I have scars all over my hands and wrists from burns and cuts. My favorite are the two on my knuckles from where they touched the oven rack.
I have rolled my ankle and fallen in public more times than I can possibly count. This includes my worst day ever, the story of which still makes my mom laugh until she cries.
It’s in light of all these facts and many more that I’ve taken such a liking to Jennifer Lawrence. It looks like I’m not the only one – my Twitter feed went berserk during and after her red carpet interviews, and on Monday you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting an article, blog post or status update applauding her and her lack of pretension.
She’s definitely a breath of fresh air.
And it’s not just because Hollywood is so full of what seems to be false earnestness (*cough Anne Hathaway cough*). I think it’s because we all need to see people who remind us of ourselves in the spotlight for once.
And maybe we all wish we could be as fully and truly ourselves as she appears to be. That’s the beauty of authenticity.
Authenticity, transparency – these are hot words for bloggers and just about anyone who presents his- or herself publicly. After all, no one wants to feel like they’re the only one who has verbal diarrhea from time to time or who doesn’t like to wear heels while walking down the street because they’re afraid of falling. Okay, maybe that’s just me.
Is this why we gravitate towards people who are open, honest, vulnerable, flawed?
Do we wish we could wrap our arms around them? Do we wish we could be more like them? Both?
We need more people like Jennifer Lawrence in the spotlight. We need more people like her in our daily lives. We need to remember that it’s okay to be imperfect.
And we need to understand that even though she’s beautiful and talented, the reason she’s captured so many hearts is because she’s so real. That’s a lesson we should all internalize and do our best to emulate.
For ourselves, and for those who look to us for inspiration whether we know it or not.
I’ve had a lot of trouble just being me in the past. I guess when you’re bullied you learn to suppress the version of you which isn’t up to snuff.
The worst part is, I get so flustered around others I end up double and triple guessing myself, which only makes me more awkward and clumsy. And not in a refreshing way.
Maybe it’s time to let go of that mess…be myself, warts and all…and let the cards fall where they will.
Have you ever had a problem being the most authentic version of you? Do you have a funny or embarrassing story you’d like to share in order to make me feel better about my spaz self?
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