I believe in a lot of things, but one of the things I believe in most is celebrating life. I heard on the radio this morning that Ukrainians are known for celebrating everything (with vodka as a means of course), and I wish that Americans would be known for the same thing. Life is meant to be off-the-cuff, crazy, exciting, and good, and when thinking about someone who epitomized this mentality my mind went right to Marilyn Monroe.
What would life for you be like if you didn’t follow all the “rules?” Whose rules are they anyways that you follow? Monroe didn’t follow anyone’s rules, and well, I don’t want to either. Her words below capture everything I believe about self-acceptance, embracing your body, and maximizing your life: imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than to be absolutely boring.
My happiest moments in life have been when I have embraced being me — my times of being absolutely ridiculous, absolutely clumsy, absolutely dorky, absolutely driven, absolutely blond, absolutely quirky, and absolutely giggly. If you want to learn to be yourself, allow yourself to be your own version of “absolutely ridiculous,” and with it, unabashed celebration of life will come. This joy, this energy, and this unapologetic authenticity must be celebrated.