Do you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain? Or making love at midnight ... da da da da da da.
What do you love? I mean what gets you so excited that you jump out of your skin and grin from ear to ear just thinking about all those things you love?
I have a funny little notion that all those things you love ... are a part of who you are.
I use to hide all the loves of my life, the ones that weren't cool, the ones that no-one else loved, the ones that were my life.
Why? Because I would stand out like a weird, hippie-loving, pink, always dreaming kind of gal.
What do you love?
And what if all the things I love aren't cool - maybe I'm (gasp) not cool? The thought of being uncool was heart breaking at that age. So I started to hide all of this uncool things from the world ... until I realised one major thing in my shift to adulthood.
I was hiding me from the world.So, as my story goes, I changed pretty much everything and brought all those things I love back into the spotlight with glistening lights and an epic Disney tune. And I stepped back into the light with my long list of loves.
Rosé champagne, crystals, Minions (all of them), turquoise jewellery, The Collective Hub, chai lattes, getting lost in cities I don't know, silence in the mountains after fresh snow has fallen, being silly, my incredible family and all my friends who pretty much are my family, rom coms from the '80s, Ernest Hemingway, the ocean, dancing, Spanish soap operas, Paris, not being busy, romanticism, dreaming and doing those things I never thought I could and the list goes on.
And you know what.. everything I love is cool, because (shock) I think it's cool.
What do you love? And what are you hiding from the world, just to fit in? If you want to dye your hair purple and wear candy striped tights, do it - because it's WHO YOU ARE.
I caught up with an old friend today. It was 9:30am and this suave-talking Italian barista offered us rose instead of coffee and because we both love rose ... it was a no brainer.
What do you love? Hint: if you don't know, start looking around and figuring it out.
And it won't be so much as figuring it out; it will be more like remembering the young you who loved everything so much.
Find everything, from the uncool to the non-trendy and the weirdly out-there things that make up you. Find them, do them, rediscover them, love them all over again and put them - and you - back in the spotlight.