I penned the thank you note below earlier this evening. It’s for everyone who interacts with me regularly, who knows just how ridiculous I can be ( for example, I recently spent many minutes telling a housemate why he was way out of line for asking me if I knew anyone with a bike they wanted to sell, since I don’t bike myself, before realizing that I did indeed know someone who wanted to get rid of their bike). This thank you is for everyone who encourages me to be my best and lets me know how well I’m doing, even when I feel like I haven’t quite lived up to my own expectations – for the people who teach me how to accept myself. __________________________________________________________
This is a giant thank you to my friends (co-workers included) and family for accepting me as I am. Sometimes that means silly, playful and carefree, other times that means grouchy, listless, and disinterested. On good days I’m hopeful and in it for the long haul. On the bad ones, impatient and nearsighted. I have found that along with my great qualities of nearly universal acceptance, openness, and a genuine longing for clear communication and understanding, I can also be unexplainably explosive (thanks for telling me that Natalie), frustrated, and pessimistic. I have the funny habit of explaining all the reasons I can’t or won’t do something, right before I do it. If I tell you I don’t like you in one moment, I’m sure to be your friend shortly after. I am amused by all of these contradictions. I get to laugh at myself most days because of them. I sincerely hope that y’all are laughing with me.