The world was made for you.

I laughed the other day because a “celebrity” name popped up in conversation and I had no idea who it was. I’ve known a few big name people over the years, but I’ve always been super confused about all the hype. 

Aren’t we all just human? Don’t we all have a place here? Why are some people supposedly “better” than others? It’s all so foreign to me. 

Every night for roughly the last thirteen years, I’ve read to my boys before I tuck them into bed. One story that I’ve read and reread and can’t ever seem to get enough of is “You Are Special” by Max Lucado. It talks about a village of people known as the Wemmicks. They go around all day giving each other stars and dots. Little stickers all over their bodies that represent if others like them or don’t. There was one Wemmick, Lucia, who didn’t have any stars or dots. Not because people didn’t try to put them on her, but because they wouldn’t stick. Why didn’t they stick? Because they didn’t matter to her. 

Think about that. The opinions of others don’t matter if you don’t let them. 

We all have value. We all have purpose. Those stars and dots that we give others and that they give us in return mean nothing, unless if we let them.

Nobody is better than the person next to them. It doesn’t matter if they’re a big name celebrity, own a modern picture perfect home, drive a top of the line Tesla, listen to country music or hip hop, have all the money in the world or have none of that at all. We’re all here for a reason and the world needs us to step up in our own ways to make it a brighter, more wonderful place. 

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
— Dr. Seuss

One of the big reasons why I love nature so much is that it’s all inclusive. Nobody knows what you drive, where you live or what you do professionally. Everyone is on the same playing field. There’s no judging. No comparing. And there’s a sense of camaraderie that you don’t find anywhere else. I can’t think of a single time I’ve been exploring outdoors all these years when I haven’t been buoyed up by someone’s friendly smile, encouraging nod or inspiration and mentoring. You can just be you. Stars and dots aren’t a thing out in nature. Unless if you’re looking for the Milky Way!

Here’s my challenge to you this week. Let go of the opinions of others and trust yourself a little more. Make opportunities to try something new that stretches your limits and broadens your mind. Go out in nature, put on your hiking boots, go stargazing, walk barefoot along the beach, rip down a mountain bike trail or climb a rock wall. Do something you’ve never done before. 

Then report back to me about how you felt afterwards. For real! That’s the most rewarding part of #recreationtherapy is seeing how it blesses your life in ways you never expected.

The world was made for you so, gosh darn it, go light that place up! (And don’t worry about any stars or dots, because they don’t matter anyway.)

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