I was talking with a friend recently about the FOMO that happens for me every year on December 26th when I log into social media and see all the happy families’ holiday posts with kids rampaging gifts and a typical living room completely destroyed with wrapping paper. I almost posted my photos but something stopped me. I think it was the feelings surrounding why I was going to post, it was going to be an effort at getting likes, and approval, for my family’s holiday. I wanted to be JUST like everyone else. Look at us, we were having fun too!
Something made me stop and discard the post. I realized I was going to be posting as a need to feed my ego, instead of an authentic yearning to share with my family and friends my Christmas morning. Plus, my kids don’t like when I post photos of them without their permission, rightfully so. Instead, a close friend captured a photo of me with her pup on Christmas morning. I was sitting on my cough in my pjs, with two sets of reindeer ears, a coffee, a messy house, a sweet pup, and the biggest daggone smile I’ve had on Christmas morning in a long time. It’s not a perfect photo but man does it capture the feeling of gratitude I had that morning. And authenticity. I am so grateful that serving the public is my calling, which means I don’t have to be anyone but EXACTLY who I am to serve. My training and education has led me right where I am in the moment and I am ready to serve.
If you elect me to represent you, you won’t see a lot of perfectly posed photos of me shaking hands and kissing babies, or my perfectly decorated house on Christmas morning (mainly because I couldn’t perfectly decorate if I tried). But you will get someone who is a hard worker, with a ton of energy, and a passion for public service. And you’ll get some pretty interesting photos, maybe even some with roller skates.