I have been trying very, very hard to be more outgoing. I used to be CRAAAAZY outgoing and as I've gotten older, I've become incredibly self conscious. I'm not crazy about the way I look, the way I talk, the things I lack or the person that I'm not. In fact, you could almost say that I loathe those things. Yes. Loathe. Because I am a self imposed introvert, I don't have to see those things. I don't have to notice that I didn't go to college. I don't have to compare my hair to anyone else's. I can wear crazy mismatched things and it's okay ... in the comfort of my own home. I can love cats and think in song titles and movie quotes and laugh at myself for hours. I can wear my winter hat with my pajamas and some mismatched slippers...which is what I'm doing now. I can dance. I can sing. When I'm at home....I'm okay with me. I don't have to put on the facade that I love my fabulous life. When someone on tv starts discussing things that make me uncomfortable, I can change to ESPN and feel okay about it.
I have to admit, this year has been a journey for me. At first, I was a displaced caregiver trying to find a purpose. Then, I became Super Mormon Primary Woman....and I still try to fill those shoes every Sunday, but it can't consume my life. And then...I found them. I found a group where I belong. I found women like me. These women struggle with the thing they lack at times and celebrate it at others. They have careers. They have hobbies. They understand. And thus, the journey to self acceptance began for the first time in my adult life. We talk-figuratively. We cry. We laugh. We understand and most importantly, we accept. We build and support. We comfort. We empathize. We pray for each other and for ourselves. I'm usually not a huge supporter of sharing information with people I've never met- but they are different. I could not have made it through this year without them. Y'all know who you are. Heavenly Father must really love us an awful lot because He made us all awesome...and then led us to each other.
I know this post is incredibly vague, but for right now, it has to be. I am just so grateful that Heavenly Father puts people in our lives for a reason. I'm glad He put us here and gave us hearts to feel and understand. I am grateful for a little Facebook group of 23 women from all over the world that helps me to not feel like such a misfit. I may never meet some of them, but I am glad to know them. I am glad for their part in my life and in my journey.
And all because I figured out that I am Christina Yang.