Go For It!!

by Kathy Black

21 September, 2012

Picture this…a woman on the corner of a very busy St. Louis intersection, dressed in head to toe hot pink (literally), headphones on, smiling from ear to ear and waving at passers by, all the while, dancing (I mean breaking it down) like she was on a stage with the spotlights pointed toward her. Oh Yes! That happened.

Several thoughts ran through my head upon witnessing this.
A) She is the best thing that I have ever seen.
B) What possesses a person to do such a thing? And why is she wearing head to toe hot pink?
C) I wish I could be that confident!!

As a person that is naturally very reserved and self-conscious, I would NEVER put myself out there like this woman did. But, I did see a lesson in it. People are going to think what they are going to think. Even if you are quietly going about your day, minding your own business, someone somewhere is passing some sort of judgment on you. So why do we care so much? Why do we waste so much of our time and energy worrying about/thinking about/obsessing about what others think of us?

The answer? Perception. How is going to make me look if I make this decision and who is going to disagree with me? How does it look if I take a strong stance on an issue and who am I going to offend? Who will I have to explain myself to if I make the call on a business decision and what will the fall out be? Call the woman in hot pink crazy or call her confident, the point is that someone was calling her something and she did not care! So make the decision, don’t apologize for your feelings and have enough confidence in your choices to take responsibility for them, even if the result isn’t what you (or others) expected.

So a big shout out and a huge THANK YOU to the dancing lady in hot pink for reminding me that everyone has an opinion on what you should or shouldn’t do and that sometimes you just need to stand on the corner, get Jiggy with it and Go For It!