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“To Thine Own Self Be True”

A Moment in My Life – Wednesday, August 5, 2020

When my friend told me that Tim McGraw was in Blind Side, I argued that he wasn’t in it because I couldn’t place which character he played. Even after she pointed him out to me, I stared so long and hard, but I couldn’t see Tim McGraw in Sean Touhy. My mouth fell opened when it hit me that the actor portraying Sean Touhy was, indeed, Tim McGraw. What a fine actor he is!

Wow, what a difference hair, makeup, and clothes can do to you!

This is an excellent reminder that people, in general, are all the same. We start with the same basic package. Depending on our preferences and creativity, we transform that basic package into something uniquely ours. That’s what makes all the difference, and that means there is no such thing as an ugly duckling because we are what we make of ourselves.

For example, let’s talk about one person. That one person looks way different in sweats than in an evening gown or a tuxedo for extreme contrast. It’s the same person, mind you, but merely changing the exterior completely altered that person’s outlook.

The other day, seven months since my last haircut, I had the works done—highlights and cut, and wow, do I look different or what? I missed seeing bangs on my forehead again! I look like someone else. I think I look younger, cuter, with bangs then with a bare forehead. Without the bangs, I look more authoritative, whereas my cuter bangs look comes across as more carefree.

The old saying ‘the clothes make the man’ says it all. I use this proverb lightly because my point here is not about being judged by the clothes we wear. Rather the point I’m making here is that our choices and style can impact the way we look. By merely changing our outfit or hairstyle could transform us into someone completely different. What that tells me is that we’re not locked down to looking a certain way. The canvas is completely blank for us to create the look that we want to achieve.

Like Tim McGraw, I read that to overcome his alcohol addiction, he turned to the gym and worked out like a mad man, which transformed his body into the beautiful masterpiece that God created for him. Seeing Tim as Sean Tuohy compared to seeing Tim today confirms my point that everybody can become the person s/he wants to be.

We can be the person we want to be with a little work, creativity, and courage to take that first step. We can let us be the way we see ourselves in our minds. Everybody has different tastes; therefore, not everybody will like or approve of an individual look. Don’t let that stop you from being you. We all want to be unique. At the same time, we don’t want to be different. That’s a tough one. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. If you don’t like the way I look, you don’t have to look like me. You go and look like you, and let me look like me because that’s all we can do.

Therefore, I close with this reminder, ‘To thine own self be true.’

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