My daughter and I enjoyed a quick trip recently to Prairie Path Books – a local gem of a bookstore nestled in a furniture store in downtown Wheaton. While there, I noticed a chalkboard they had with this quote on it. Evidently, they share quotes from various books on this chalkboard. (Yay – more quote collectors!)
I’ve read Alice in Wonderland and, of course, seen the Disney movie a gazillion times. I vaguely remember reading the line. Of course being written onto the chalkboard at the bookstore, it stood out and simply spoke to my heart. All my life I’ve seen myself as just ordinary. Yet I wanted to be special, better yet, unique. That yearning was so strong that I tried to change myself into a “lefty” so I could be “different.” I was able to manage eating left-handed and actually found out that I bat better left-handed when playing softball. Go figure.
I’m not an attention seeker. Actually, I prefer to stay behind the scenes and just create things/events/stuff that shines the spotlight on others. I love the accolades that come when people learn I am the one who sets the stage. You won’t find me out there on stage calling attention to myself though. I prefer quiet, yet visible uniqueness, I guess.
Back in the 80s (yes, I’ve now dated myself), I used to wear buttons all over my long black coat – one of which read “Why be normal?” I continue to strive toward uniqueness. It’s a good place to be. My chosen profession reflects my desire to set the stage for others. I love to make the pretty pictures to show off an author’s story, or an entrepreneur’s dream of a successful business.
Perhaps I am entirely bonkers, as Alice told the Mad Hatter. But then I get to be among the best that way, don’t I?