I’ve been feeling kind of down on myself these days, gang. The September blues, I think. I’m cursed with what I call Middle Child Syndrome—or, as Mindy Kaling says, “Is everyone hanging out without me?” Ever since I can remember, I’ve always felt a bit…insufficient. Like I’m not quite enough—smart enough, nice enough, athletic enough. etc. Growing up in a big family, surrounded by a lot of talented and brilliant people, it was easy to fade into the wallpaper.
So I decided to kick my September blues in the butt and do something we women often have a hard time doing, and that’s listing a few attributes. Here goes nothing.
I’m always kind to children, whether they’re strangers or beloved to me. I hope that every child I see has even a tiny bit better of a day because of me. At cross country meets, I make sure to stay till the last runners come across the finish line and cheer them on. I smile at babies and hug teenagers. I write back to every kid who drops me a line. My children love me.
I’m great in an emergency. I stay calm, try to see where I can help, act quickly but not rashly. Yes, I’ve broken the speed limit driving someone to the ER, but I’ve been careful about doing it. There’s no hysteria here. Blood doesn’t scare me. I know what people need, whether it’s a hug or dinner or a clean house, and it makes me feel good to do provide those things.
I’m curious. I’d go back to college in a heartbeat. I read nonfiction books and articles about topics that might not have anything to do with my life, my books or the people I know. I might not be the smartest person in the room, but I’m open to learning, and that’s a good thing.
I’m generous. Not just with the checkbook, though I admit I’m something of a charity slut (the best type of slut to be). But also with my time and my heart. I love a lot of people. I have so many friends. There’s probably a reason for that—and it’s probably that I’m not quite as forgettable as I think I am.
Now it’s your turn. List five of your qualities, and I’ll send one of you whichever of my backlist you’d like, signed and everything. And you’ll get to feel good about yourself. It’s a win-win.