I was browsing through the comments on Fillyjonk’s latest post over at Shapely Prose on what I consider to be a good underdog story about singer contestant Susan Boyle. There is a train of comments forming about our own little “Shove it in their faces” style moments when assumptions about what we can or can not do based on pre-conceived notions of beauty, age, color, size, gender, etc are bashed by our our accomplishments.
I had a hard time thinking of one. Not because I haven’t done wonderful or interesting things in my life. But because I can’t think of any one time of Stand Out Memory quality where something I did was a shocking surprise to pre-judging arse-monkeys.
But then I reflected on smaller achievements and thought about how often I get sounds of disbelief from people when I try to describe some of my many hobbies or just how MUCH I get done in an average day/week. Those looks/sounds of shocked disbelief come whenever I explain just what I do in a basic kind of day.
What to me is average can be, to others, some sort of unbelievable laundry list of tasks. Practicing Jazz on the trumpet, sewing my own costumes for belly dance, dancing in front of audiences, studying for a degree, working two jobs, swimming twice a week, writing for a self-acceptance/size-acceptance blog, cleaning and cooking and loving and living… all of these “small” things that sort of end up rolled into a regular part of the package that is my life can sound extraordinary to anyone who doesn’t do the same I guess.
So I challenge the rest of you to re-examine what it is you do and find the amazing in what seems so ordinary. Part of the trouble with wishing that we could be extraordinary to others is that we overlook the many ways in which our lives already ARE amazing.
So I guess today’s little post-reminder is to take a moment and NOT overlook what we take for granted everyday as just part and parcel of the normal course of events. The laundry, the kids, the cleaning, the working, the helping and watching and listening and talking. Whatever it may be, really look at just how much you do and acheive and get through and how many lives you touch each day, even indirectly. Look at what you manage in a day. The results of such a glimpse might even shock you.