This may sound a little strange, but today I am grateful for Renaissance Faires. This weekend I am visiting the Texas Renaissance Faire with a friend of mine who came down from DC. This weekend's theme is Roman Bachanal. We are not dressing up as Romans or in Togas, however, we will be in some form of appropriate Ren Faire attire.
The reason I am grateful for these faires, is it allows me the opportunity to dress up and be silly and have fun people watching. I get to spend time with very interesting folks and just be in the moment. It also is making me learn to accept myself and not take myself too seriously. Since, I have spent years and years worrying about what complete strangers think about me and what they are saying about me (yeah, I'm a wee bit paranoid and I know that it is silly and self centered to think that anybody out there is even paying me any mind, but the voices in my head will go rampant at times and I'm working through that) so 'forcing' myself to dress up and go to these faires makes me accept that I don't care what others think of me as long as I am having fun and am loving myself, that is all that REALLY matters.
I am grateful for these times to work on accepting myself.