Monday, March 24, 2008
Some people just don't get it! It seems that if you try to step out of the "norm" there will ALWAYS be someone to question why. My advice? Never let other peoples comments detract you from making your house unique to you! After all that's what makes your house your home. If something makes your heart sing, go with it!
I saw this huge bird cage at my favorite thrift store. After a few weeks they finally marked the price down to what I thought was reasonable. So I snatched it up and brought it home. You can imagine the looks I got from my family---my husband just shook his head, and my boys asked if we were going to get a new pet or if they could cage the cat. I think when they saw the gleam in my eye they knew the answer. No, the cage would be used for something other than it's original purpose. I cleaned out the birdy doo-doo, painted it and distressed it and then placed it on my front porch. In the fall it holds pumpkins. Other times of the year it contains flowers to match the season. And it has housed a bird or two (always fake of course), like at Halloween when there was a crow inside. It brings a smile to my face every time I walk by. Why? Because it is unique to my house. It sets my home apart from everyone else's on the block. Of course, I still get the occasional comment like, "Did your bird die?" But that doesn't stop me from enjoying my cage.
I've decided that having confidence in your choices, with ANYTHING in life, is what will set you apart from the crowd. I learned that from my daughter. In high school she enjoyed dressing in her own unique style, and people were naturally attracted to her. Why? Part of it was because she dared to break the mold, but mostly it was because she had confidence in herself and her decisions. There will always be someone out there to criticize your choices, but that shouldn't stop you from discovering what makes you unique! Everyone has their own tastes and talents.
Don't be afraid to express yours!