BE YOUR FLAMINGO

 

Be Your Flamingo-  Always be true to yourself and the things you love. Stand up for yourself and find your own way to stand out in life -Remaining Meg Blog

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have such a love for pink flamingos

When I went to college my freshmen year, one of the first things I hung up in my dorm room was a strand of pink flamingo lights. My roommate, whom I had just met, didn’t even bat an eyelash. She helped me hang my lights and just accepted that this was her quirky new roommate, and soon-to-be, BFF. Even though she was probably thinking “Who’s this crazy future cat lady they paired me with?”

I’ve been a fan of these colorful birds for as long as I can remember

Being a girly girl, pink of course has always been one of my favorite colors. When I try to think back to where it started, I can’t really think of anything specific. But I do remember all of the flamingo paraphernalia I’ve had over the years; graphic tees, knick knacks, picture frames, cookie cutters (no, I’m not 80 years old). Flamingos were even my inspiration for my very first e-mail address and AIM screen name circa 1996.I think the one thing that has always drawn me to flamingos is how they stand out from the rest of the birds in the animal kingdom.

Growing up, I always felt like the exact opposite of a standout

For starters, I’m a middle child {Cue the violins}. Middle child syndrome? It’s a real thing, trust me. Growing up in a household where one of my most common phrases was, “I just said that! Didn’t anyone hear me?!” I couldn’t help but feel a little overlooked at times. Not to mention living in the shadow of an older sister a la Kelly Kapowski, with the amazing hair of Topanga Lawrence (this was an actual similarity people used to make), I always felt a little less than awesome.

My incredibly popular, child of the 80’s name, Meghan didn’t make things any better either. Every class or sports team I participated on, there were always several of us. When someone said the name Meghan there was always a group of us whose heads whipped around and called back “Which one?” I graduated with 10 other Meghan/Megan/Meaghan/Meg’s in my class.

Because of these reasons, I guess I always felt like I needed to stand out

Not in a crazy way, just in a “I’m sick of blending in” type of way. So, at some point along the way I decided to stop feeling like the neglected middle child, the girl in a sea of many girls just like myself, and find a way to stand out. I decided to find my inner flamingo, which started by first finding confidence in myself. I realized that I was frickin kickass and I needed to celebrate that. As my confidence grew, I found my own voice and I found a way to stick out, just by being more myself. This then led to me coming out of my shell. I wasn’t the shy girl that I’d been for too long. I started speaking up and standing up for myself when necessary. I may only be 5’2 but I’ve always been fearless when it comes to sticking up for myself and the things I believe in.

Recently my sister said to me, “I wish I could be like you. I wish I didn’t care about hurting people’s feelings”. She said it in the most loving way that only a sister can. And we had a good laugh about it. I didn’t take offense because I know that she meant I’m not afraid to speak my mind and tell people how I feel. That’s something I’m proud of and something about me that will never change.

Throughout my teenage years I also started to embrace the girly things that I love, the things that very much feel like me

Fun clothes and accessories, makeup, great shoes. Flamingos became my representation for my new self. You could say I started living my flamingoness. What is that exactly? To me, it means being true to yourself, and the things that you love. That is how I live my life. Be your damn flamingo and find your own way to stand out in life.

What’s your flamingo?

Want to read more about how I remain true to myself? Check out If I Ever Own a Pair of Crocs.

Be Your Flamingo, Remaining Meg Blog

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4 thoughts on “BE YOUR FLAMINGO

  1. Aw, I love this! I also have a stereotypical child of the 80s name, so I definitely remember what it was like for someone to yell ‘Ashlee!’ and my head would whip around with five other girls’. Not cool. I’m glad you found your flamingo! Also, your sister had Topanga hair? So jealous:/

  2. Flamingos are such unique and pretty birds, and your post indicates that you are a unique and pretty person. I really enjoyed reading it. Flamingos may be my favorite bird, but I’ve collected two main things over the years – Giraffes and Tinkerbell paraphernalia. Although, my latest interest is those Pop Vinyl figures (who can say no to a bobble-head baby Groot?).

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