Born this Way

I wrote this morning briefly about Glee's episode last night, Born this Way. I didn't say much, because I didn't have much to say. It rendered me kind of speechless, to be honest.

Warning, this post contains spoilers...

You already know that I loved it and if you have any idea what last night's episode was about, I'm sure you know why. Even if you just know what the title was {hint: it's the title of this post}, you'd know why.

I don't care if you hate Lady Gaga; I don't care if you think that Glee is promoting some type of "gay agenda;" I don't care if you think that the show is just an hour of really bad karaoke, everyone could have {or should have, at least} learned something.

I'm not going to write some lengthy post about self-acceptance, because I'm no expert. I'm self-conscious, just like everyone else in the world. I have my fair share of insecurities, and I would be lying if I said that I know what it means to love and accept myself unconditionally.

At the end of the show the Glee kids {and a few of the teachers, too} donned white T-shirts with something written on them that holds them back from full self-acceptance. For Rachel, it was her nose. For Kurt, the fact that he likes boys. For Quinn, her not-so-attractive past.

It took me a while to figure out what I would put on my shirt. Everything seemed just so...superficial. But that's the point, isn't it? Don't get me wrong, a lot of what they said was very serious and real, but you make it what it is.

But, I think, if I had to write something on a shirt, letting the world know what holds me back from loving myself, I would write money. I don't have a lot of it, and I never have. You would think I would be used to it by now, but I'm not. I like nice things. I want nice things. And maybe, someday, I'll have nice things. Just not today. And I need to be okay with that.

I'm not going to ask all of you to bear your secret insecurities with everyone, but think about it. Because admitting it is the first step, right?

via Etsy
Sorry, I'm a quote whore these days, but I really do find them inspirational. If they are at all annoying, please let me know.

But anyway, if you haven't watched the episode, you can see it here.

I hope you all know how much I love you. But more than that, I hope that you love yourselves, because that's the most important thing in the world.



Erin said...

I love this post. It's not easy to open up about what makes us feel most vulnerable. You're right though, the first step is admitting it. I even know how you feel about money. I can relate. It's not easy to continue to deny yourself some of life's simply pleasures because there just isn't enough money to go around. I don't care what they say- money doesn't make us happy but it sure makes it a lot easier to be happy. I think this show is great about addressing things that teens are going through nowadays. Some issues are the same from when I was in school, but there are a lot of differences now too. I personally find it very refreshing and it has even helped me come to terms with behaviors or judgements that I carried around for a long time. Heck if it took me this long to pick up the Twilight series you can already tell that I can be stubborn in how I see things :) I'm so glad Glee is another thing we both enjoy.

Hugs to you my dear friend,

Beka said...

i'm with ya on the word for my tshirt. if i ever had one, that is.
i don't watch glee, but a few friends are obsessed with it. :)

great post, dear:)

Jess said...

FAB post!!
I'm heading over to watch the epi now!
I know for myself I struggle with self confidence.
I so want to be the girl who commands the room because she knows she's hot. But, I wasn't "born that way"!
My shirt would say-preggo belly.
Because I have been told by a few children and one adult on past occasions that I looked pregnant.
When I'm not, nor have I ever been.
It has made me extremely self conscious. But, I have got to find a way around that!
Thanks for the great post!

Jess said...

I just saw this on Pinterest and it made me think of this post and you!


Radha said...

This is such a heartfelt post on the importance of self-appreciation, and the fact that we all need to have the courage to wear our insecurities as many would wear a popular name brand shirt, for instance. I'll be thinking about what I'd put on my shirt tonight. Thanks for sharing~

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Amanda said...

Really motivational post today. It got me thinking.... What would I put on a shirt if I had one? And I have to say I'm still not sure, but I think it would be believing in myself more. I hope you have a great day!

Holly said...

Did you think it was interesting the things that the characters chose to put on their t-shirts weren't necessarily what you would've thought? Arty's didn't say anything about being in a wheelchair, Zizes didn't say anything about being overweight.

It was an interesting point. You never know what some people's insecurities are - they aren't necessarily what you might think.

Mine would say "Skin". Because I'm way past the age where I should be an advertisment of Proactive's "before" treatment.

Tara said...

Great thoughts! I was asking myself the same thing after I saw the episode and I still don't know what I would put on my shirt, but I am not going to stop thinking about it.

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aj said...

Great post dear! Very honest, I love it.

What's really depressing? I started thinking of 10 different things I could write on my shirt, and then reading the comments, I kept adding. And I think I'm fairly confident! Eek!

I think money does sum a lot of it up - security, beauty, experiences - it would help quite a bit.


Alisha said...

Mega hugs sweet friend!

I can relate to the idea of not having 'enough' money (my idea of enough, rather), but B and I trust that God will provide us with what we need. Not trying to get spiritual on ya, but just wanted to share that.

Love you!

Kaitlin Godfrey said...

It was such a great episode with a great message!! love!!

TryItMom said...

I loved that episode! I may or may not be going to see Glee in concert :P

Great post! (stopping by from SITS)

Katy said...

great post! I don't watch Glee, but maybe I should start!!

stopping by from the #commenthour-way late!