Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The dork in all of us.

You must embrace your dorky-ness. To deny it is to deny a part of yourself. - Samantha Betts

I know what you're thinking. Today, I quoted myself. Yes, it appears to be shameless self-promoting, but I do have a point.

If you haven't had the chance to see Sydney White, check it out on HBO or rent it. While not one of the more remarkable films this generation has presented (let's face it, the acting, directing, writing, and everything else is lacking a certain refinement that classics tend to possess - it's no Gone With the Wind), it has an endearing quality that may give you that fuzzy warm feeling. And it also provides a lesson that everyone, even adults, need to be reminded of every once in a while.

None of us can claim perfection. In all honesty, few people would want to be around perfection; it gets old fast. Life is made up of conflict, debate, wittiness, awkwardness, and all other manner of personality traits. In short, life is not perfect. That's good. It keeps it interesting.

Furthermore, the short tale of Sydney White reminds us that which we all possess some level of, that quality that made you and I the butt of many a joke in high school (and possibly beyond). We are weird, harbor strange fascinations, hide bizarre habits. And yet, we manage to conveniently forget them when it comes to judging another's "dorky-ness". Not quite fair, is it?

So, my thought is this: embrace that awkward, funny, embarrassing, dorky thing that you can be. It's just as much a part of who you are as being skilled, creative, or confident. And it doesn't matter who you are; you can be a soccer mom or a CEO. No matter, you have it. Don't deny it. And don't forget it when you see someone walking down the street with her skirt tucked into her pantyhose or you inevitably receive an invitation to a Dungeons and Dragons get-together from your co-worker. They are just like you.