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It’s okay to…

(An non-exhaustive list of things I wish I had figured out twenty years ago.)

It’s okay to:

  • say I don’t know.
  • say I was wrong.
  • dance even if you suck at it. Especially if you suck at it.
  • be gay.
  • be alone.
  • be unpopular, because you will always have at least one true friend cheering for you even if you don’t realize it at the time.
  • run at your own pace.
  • not fit societal beauty standards.
  • not want to fit societal beauty standards.
  • depend on other people.
  • not be okay.
  • make mistakes. In fact, you’re better off making mistakes, it’s how you learn.
  • not like things (as long as you’re not a dick about it).
  • like things, with enthusiasm and passion, even if other people don’t understand.
  • not clean your plate.
  • sweat, and have pimples, and fart, and grow body hair. You’re a goddamn human being.
  • be a dork.
  • spill food on your shirt. It doesn’t mean you’re a slob or a pig, and there’s this awesome stuff called Oxi-clean.
  • cry.
  • be yourself, once you figure out who that is.

Originally published at Rachael Acks: Sound and Nerdery. You can comment here or there.

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idemandjustice
Nov. 13th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
That's a really good list. I need to remind myself of a lot of those.

One to consider adding: It's okay to be a fan of problematic things, within reason. The flip side of not liking things while not being a dick about it. I love this essay. It helped me reconcile liking some of the things they liked even if they had some problematic implications. http://www.socialjusticeleague.net/2011/09/how-to-be-a-fan-of-problematic-things/
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