Prompt Day 8: Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. 

Even though I can be somewhat self-absorbed at times (the curse of my mother, the curse of the first-born), when faced with this prompt, I am a bit silenced, but as always, will try to write my way through this to some type of truth.

One of the things that makes me different is my openness to lots of people and experiences. At times I can have preconceived notions, like all Ar-kansans strum banjos in their overalls; however, in truth, I welcome any new adventure. When I found myself online dating, one of the things I put in my profile was that I am at home in both a pool hall and an opera house. This ability to be comfortable in a variety of environments, whether it be peanuts on the floor of a cheap pub or a glass of $200 wine courtesy of lame guys flirting, makes me able to find home wherever I land in the moment.

This same openness to environments also helps me bring light to people. I have a strong intuition and rarely am wrong about what I'm sensing, even when I don't fully know the person or the situation. This ability to connect helps bring comfort, for I'm willing to put myself and my emotions out there, listening when needed, playing when silliness is the antidote.

Does this make me all that different? Not necessarily, but these are things that distinguish me from the ordinary street sign.


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