“Be who you are and say what you feel…” — Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss really knows what he’s talking about on most subjects, but this #quote packs it all in: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss When I was a kid I was heavily into being who I was. And I was proud to say was a tomboy. I was little and most would say cute and wore dresses to school because in the 60’s it was required, but I played kickball and dodge ball at school and hard ball at home with the boys, mostly bigger. They taught me to be loud and tough, swear and fight. I held back on the swearing but did everything else with enthusiasm! They taught me to fight by default by trying to beat up on me because they didn’t want to be seen playing with a girl. I was little but feisty and talked them into the idea. We developed a certain mutual respect and I had loads of fun hanging out and running around the playground with them. Fortunately I didn’t really need to fight anyone after about 4th grade and gladly gave it up. But I became a pretty good ball player and student too! But I was lucky, those that mattered, didn’t mind:  my parents.

Me during the teen years!

And then at about 13, amazingly I became a girl and so I started hanging with them and found them more fun. They talked more and planned more and mostly about guys, a familiar subject for me. I was more insecure in those years and found I let people who didn’t matter mind to me a bit too often, like some of my peers, ones I shouldn’t listen to. Things like that. The teenage years curse: conformity. I didn’t get caught in the quagmire very long and left that time with my important friends intact!

If you’re ever up against it and uncomfortable in your skin, just say these words to yourself and it will help you get your bearings:  “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

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