I've been thinking a lot lately.
I've realized that I think too much about what other people think. I'm learning not to - but I still freak out about what others think. Here's some of my thought processes:
If I wear high heels I think - "Are people going to think I'm stupid for wearing heels? Am I too fat to wear heels?"
If I put candy in my grocery cart I think - "Who's watching? Are they laughing?"
If I run I think - "Who's waiting for me to get a black eye? Are they watching?"
If I play in the park with my son I think - "Who's waiting for the swings to break?"
So I got to thinking about what everyone else thinks. And I see that I need to not care. (still following me?) There have been a lot of people who don't care what people think.
What if Michael Jackson was too afraid to introduce the idea of a concept music video?
We wouldn't have Thriller.
What if George Lucas was unsure of his intergalactic space stories?
No Star Wars.
What if John Lennon hadn't been confident enough to start a band?
There would have been no Beatles.
These people changed our worlds. Our Music. Our Movies. We wouldn't be who we are today if it wasn't for them. So I have to ask myself - what can I change simply by being who I really am? Lady GaGa is dresses like an escaped lunatic, Marilyn Monroe looked like a floozy most of the time, and Elvis wore white jumpsuits and curled his lip.
They didn't care. Why should I?