This is a tough one. Reverb#10 Prompt December 8–Beautifully Different.

Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. from the fascinating Karen Walrond.

Tough because on the surface, I have always had an obvious physical difference: my hair. Growing up I longed for something normal to grow on my head and secretly wished for coal black hair. I wasn’t picky, though, and would have been happy with mousy brown, dishwater blonde or platinum….anything but red.

For the uninspired boys at school my hair gave them an easy out; they didn’t have to work very hard to think of something to make fun of, they simply fell back on the old standards of ‘carrot top’, ‘Ronald McDonald’ or my all time worst nightmare ‘Annie’. Didn’t matter if the barbs were uninspired; they worked anyway.

Now that I’m older, though, I feel like I’ve grown into my hair. I feel sad that it’s growing ever-more blonde with the passing years and wish that it was still as bright and fiery as it was way back then. That whole ‘hindsight is 20/20’ thing is true, I’ve learned.

The tough part of this prompt, though, is finding a link between the ‘what makes me different’ and ‘what I do that lights people up’. Because what I do that lights people up is no different than what millions of mothers/women/daughters/sisters/friends/lovers/partners do every single day that lights others up. We listen, share, encourage, laugh, support, hold, prod, shock, question, touch…..we do hundreds of little things every single day. Not because we’re unique, or different, but because we are women. 

How I do it is, perhaps, different than how other women do it; you know, the whole ‘different strokes, different folks’ concept. But what matters in the end is we do it. Simple as that.