You like sports and go to every football game with your father, cheering on the home team, even when they've lost every game this season? Beautiful.
You're a quirky, introverted tech geek with thick glasses and snort when you laugh? Gorgeous.
You enjoy the prospects of the other gender, and explore what it's like to walk -- quite literally -- in their shoes, confronting the norms set down by society and living the way you feel inside? Off the charts.
Whatever you think your flaws are, whatever your home life is like, whatever you are ashamed of, it, too, is beautiful and contributes its own colours to the canvas of your life. Embrace these things, absorb them, and grow strong from them. You would not be the wonderful existence that you are today without them.
But then they laugh. They laugh and you laugh with them, reveling in your shared disgust and experiences, allowing them to intertwine their life ever more with your own, tightening the knots of friendship so they will hold even in the stormiest of weather. Just remember, the more ropes interwoven, the stronger the line.
But why do we have to be the best? When your aspirations are intrinsically tied to someone else with the same goal not being able to achieve it then is that really a goal worth striving towards? Practice your art. Become your art. Put everything you have into it, and if you hit a wall, find someone who wants to share in growing alongside you, a community to help you learn, and which you want to contribute your own knowledge to.
Anything can be an art, if it inspires you to grow, create, and share.
They begin to speak from their soul and their very essence pours out with the goofy stories which lie behind every figurine in their collection. The day they found an original NES Battletoads cartridge at a backwater garage sale in Kentucky. The day they caught that prized foul ball during the second inning, now encased in glass and set carefully over the fireplace, black ink outlining the words "Mo Vaughn." It's always in the details. Never skimp on the details.
Eat well, and take care of your body, because it houses your imagination, sustains your creativity, and will let you see the wonders this world has to offer.
- Me -- Because without a me, we would all be the same.
- Them -- Because without a them, we could not make more friends.
- Imagination -- Because without imagination, we would be akin to rocks.
- Love -- Because without love, we could not understand.
- Us -- Because without an us, we each would be alone.
I would tell you to never have a typical Friday night, but fortunately you cannot help but make every day unique.