I thought I would write this week about really opening up to those close to you. Most of us wear our ‘professional face’ for the majority of our interactions with colleagues, acquaintances, strangers and even friends, displaying “social acceptable behavior, opinions and attitudes”. But there are a few select individuals, namely close friends and family, who have seen what you are truly capable of - the crazy and truly outspoken side; a select few who have been exposed to the silly and sometimes bizarre side of your personality…
It could be your off-key singing to Disney songs, your morbid or disturbing jokes, your loud but harmless outbursts while playing games, your jokingly honest statements or opinions or even your not-so-proper belching techniques – all the things that make the happy you, uniquely you. The qualities that rarely emerge in public, but that can be doubly ridiculous when paired with one or more participating goofball members who know you all too well. I’m talking the fun place, where the term ‘adulting’ no longer exists and where you can be reasonably inappropriate without repercussions, if only for a few hours. These are the goofball moments that you treasure, the experiences that strengthen your relationship with that best friend/partner/sibling/etc. because there is zero judgement and pure silliness WINS!
There’s also the serious aspect of being open with those close to you, where you can really express yourself (playful or otherwise) and not feel intimated or limited by the people surrounding you. Instances where you can say what you mean without regret and your friends/family know how to interpret it because they really know you. And even from a physical appearances standpoint, where you don’t feel judged for what clothes you are wearing, your hair that day, the make-up you lack or the language you use - because the people you are with are not about that.
It is truly rewarding (and I would argue necessary) to have people in your life that you can be truly yourself with, especially your goofball self. To be your most outrageously playful self and have others join in the fun can feel so exhilarating. So, take silly photos together, sing your best (or your worst) sing-a-long, make strange poses and warped faces together, and be mildly inappropriate with those who get you because these moments are few and far between, and good company is hard to find…
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.