The most profound thing profoundly smacked me right in the centrals the other day.
Rewind a bit first.
I am the life and soul at work. I am friendly and gregarious and open and trusting and kind and like to bribe people and especially like to feed people and most especially like to spread my knowledge around. Good things up the freaking ying yang. Happy things up the Christmas Tree. Blah blah blah.
I am funny as pork. Seriously. Ask anyone.
And because of all those things – people assume they know me. Worse yet, I assumed people knew me better than I knew me.
Obviously you are extroverted Jessie. Obviously you are all the things extroverted people are. OBVIOUS!!!
*insert mandatory Lunch Bar advert here and give away my age*
I get to work rather early. I do allot of the very many things that my job entails while the office is quiet and calm and before all the peeps arrive.
And then I get to be me. The me who is friendly and the life and soul and smart and helpful and fast and considerate and and and blah blah blah up the freaking banana loaf.
IT IS EXHAUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I go home, I would really rather not see anything human. Quite often, I absolutely need to have a nap. I never do, because that is just sad and I am not that old, but still. The eyelids betray me.
I spend time with the fluffs and I cook and faff and watch rubbish on YouTube and then I Netflix and Chill.
Because point in fact peepers. I am not an extrovert. I am an introvert.
You may think you know me better than I know me. But actually. You are wrong.
Funny thing about being exactly who you are and rejecting all the labels people think they are allowed to stick to you.
And yes, on one memorable occasion someone actually stuck a green sticky note to me with a single word on it.
Well I raise you your sticky note and hereby embrace the eccentric.
I am loud as bananas. I have friends that seriously struggle with it.
I am sarcastic as all holy hell. I know people who simply take offence.
I am smarter than most people I know. I know that sounds vain but that doesn’t make it untrue, in my own way.
I am kinder, freer, more honest, more loyal, nicer, lovelier, truer, and funnier than so many people. Not better than. Just more me than. And that is awesome.
Labels can do so very much damage to you, if you let them stick.
Never let another persons sticky note for you stick.
Find your own labels. Find your own self. Be the loudest introvert that anyone ever met. Then go home and revel in the restorative quiet.
Be the most sarcastic empath, the smartest doffle, the loveliest chubber, the funniest kind. The least religious faithful one.
Own your shiz.
Your shiz is fabulous.
Now bugger off and let me try to NOT have a nap.
*insert another gratuitous Lunch Bar advert just cause it brought back so very many memories and I loved it growing up*