CS Lewis said a lot of beautiful things, but this is one of my favorites:
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
‘What! You too! I thought I was the only one.'”
I don’t have many friends. Now, don’t go feeling sorry for me; it’s by choice, really. (I think, anyway. Maybe I’m just in denial.) I’ve moved around a lot (until my recent entombment in suburbia), and it’s exhausting to start all over again in a new place. I’m also horrible at small talk and more than a little shy—characteristics which land me squarely in Camp Socially Awkward.
While I have few friendships, the ones I have are fierce. And they all began with one of us making some sort of quirky confession and the other of us saying, with enthusiasm just this side of teenage-girl-at-a-One-Direction-concert, “OH MY GOSH ME TOO!”
Now, combine that CS Lewis quote with another I’ve seen floating around the interwebs:
“The reason we’re insecure is that we compare our behind-the-scenes
with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
I recently confessed to my favorite friend that my master bathroom is often a disaster. I mean disaster. I’ll put it this way: On most days, if you were a guest in my home and the only available bathroom were that one, I’d drive you to Quiktrip. “Me too!” she responded.
Since I work for a church and do some public speaking, people seem to think I have my stuff together. Well, I don’t. And because I’m an authenticity junkie, I figure you should see some of the mess. And so, I present to you 10 un-highlight-reel-ish things about me:
- I don’t pluck my unibrow. I shave it. (What? It’s faster.)
- I cuss. Not a whole, whole lot. Not even just one whole lot. But I do.
- Entire weeks can go by without me having eaten a single vegetable.
- My public, outward appearance is manufactured to a certain degree: I straighten my hair every day, and I won’t leave the house without my eyes on.
- I divorced a pastor.
- I’m taking an anti-depressant.
- I’m addicted to books. Not reading them: Owning them. I’ve spent an absurd amount of money on books I could’ve—should’ve—borrowed. Need numbers? Okay: At the moment, I own 56 books I’ve not yet read. I bought six of them in the last week.
- I’m in a little debt. And by “a little,” I mean, “lots of.”
- If I see someone in public whom I know, I’ll often avoid them. It’s (usually) not because I don’t like the person; it’s because I have an agenda, and that person isn’t on it. (Wow, that sounds mean. I’m just task-oriented.)
- I still like Alanis Morissette’s music.
Double-dog dare you to make your own list in the comments.