I don’t always participate in those Facebook challenges that get passed around. You know the ones: answer a bunch of random questions about your favorite things, post a happy picture for 100 days, dump a bucket of ice water over your head. But sometimes I decide to play along (I’m a sucker for the writing ones, 7 Lines from Page 7 of Your Work in Progress, anyone?) Yesterday, the awesome Alexis Anne, tagged me in the I’m Beautiful Just the Way I Am Challenge in which you are tasked with choosing five photographs you feel beautiful in and posting them. I’m sure I’ve been tagged in this in the past, and just scrolled right on by, but this time I decided to pause and take the challenge.
It’s been a year, folks. Not a bad year, but a year. A year of finding my footing with writing again against the backdrop of big professional changes in my higher ed career. Full of moments when it feels like everything is clicking into place, and moments when nothing seems to fit right. It’s head raised to the sun and feet fumbling in the dark. It’s go. And go. And go. Maybe go some more. But for those few minutes while I scrolled through the 1,030 photos stored on my phone, I reflected on all the moments that made up the last few years. It was hard to pick just five in which I felt the happiest (because in my mind happy = beautiful).
I’m not sure why I decided not to just to just skip this little social media challenge– maybe it’s because Lexy is such a good friend, or maybe because it was exactly what I needed. More than likely– some conscious/subconscious combination of both. It’s funny, isn’t it, how things find you right in the very moment you need them and often in the most unexpected ways?