In the fifth grade, I owned a cow print faux fur coat that I complemented with a matching headband; I still remember the day that my mother purchased it for me, I walked out of the department store feeling like a million bucks!
On the first day that I wore it to school, I got teased by my peers and instantly the amazing feeling that I left the department store with completely faded. I continued to wear my coat throughout the winter, and after a while I can’t remember if the teasing stopped or if I just simply quit paying attention [perhaps it was a mix of both!] This coat reminds of my elementary school days, where preserving the status quo was normal and disrupting it was unacceptable (hence the teasing).
If you asked me back then, I would’ve never considered myself a disruptor; However, now I understand that this is exactly what I was…because my style was little too different, a little too daring, and extremely bold. Fast forward to the present, I couldn’t be more grateful for those defining moments, because I’ve since embraced my personal style and realized this is what makes me, Britt LaThrece!
My message is for anyone who struggles with the fear of what others may think. My advice whether you would like to take it or not is WHO CARES?!?! it doesn’t matter. You were put on this earth to be the best YOU that you could possibly be, and your individuality is what makes you beautiful, amazing, special, and the best part unduplicated.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” – Ralph Waldo Emerson