Be someone to admire

I want to be someone who I admire.

I admire many people and public figures for their wisdom, knowledge, style, taste and careers. The people I admire range from friends, mentors, journalists, designers, mothers, artists and writers. 

Admiring someone is different than idolizing them. Admiration is to respect, and to idolize is to honor and adore. You worship an idol in which you put it before anything else. It's healthy to admire, but in a balanced way that those admirations don't take over one's mind and moves. You can strive to be like a person but then you lose who you truly are meant to be.

We are all individuals with unique traits and talents; life would be boring if we're all the same. Instead of embracing our differences we work to be similar. We keep up-to-date with trends or music or we have the same conversations with different people. 

There are different types of people, however, but they huddle in groups where they're all the same. But we all notice each other and still pick up from one another. You have people in those groups who are the light in the group, they're that special kind of person who fits into all of the groups in culture and enlightens everyone around them.

You know who that person is, some of you are that person and don't even know it. We need more people like that. People who don't try to host just one thing and treat only certain people a certain way. Instead, we need people who can bring us all together. 

I like to find something to like in every person, even if I have nothing in common with them or can't really hit it off with them. I want to leave a greeting with something to admire. We all carry something that others admire.

I have my own style and taste, but I know that some parts were influenced by others. I have learned from others, have been exposed to diverse things in this big world, and I'm always changing. I am growing and maturing and my style is changing and I'm liking where it's going. I'm a lot different from my 12-year-old self. I isolated myself with a CD player listening to Evanescence and Lincoln Park, I wore black nail polish, my hair was always frizzy (still is), everything I had needed to be black or hot pink; I swam in rock and roll and wouldn't come up for air.

But hiding myself away was only hurting myself. I wasn't letting any light in and I was left with myself, feeling lonely. Once I started attending my church's youth night I found my place. I learned a lot about myself and where I can go in life if I just embraced every part of me and shined light on it for the world to see. 

I now walk with my head up high and confident in all that I am. Thanks to God for His love and showing me how He sees me.

"Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God." 
— Leviticus 26:1

"...The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 
— 1 Samuel 16:7

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 
— Genesis 1:27

Edited April 2021


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