That's such an interesting phrase yet so descriptive of how some people are. It's like this "Je ne sais quoi" without apology. My sister-in-law and I were talking about this concept over Christmas and how some people just have "it," this sense of self.
I can't aptly describe what it is, but I know it when I see it. These people aren't necessarily trendy, thin, or rich. They're just them and they embrace it.
And it's captivating. It's like reading a good novel with a solid plot twists and unexpected characters. Or when you hear a good song on the radio for the first time and you know you'll never forget it. People like that are refreshing, enticing, and honestly, make really good bloggers.
Where does sense of self begin?
Are people born with it? Do they have it at a young age like this adorable model? I've been trying to get a better sense of self since I can remember. I've always been self-conscious about one random thing or another, not allowing me to embrace who I really am because I wasn't sure if I liked who I really was anyway.
Perfect example: I buy clothes that make me look thin, not necessarily clothes that reflect my style, so I often wear things that aren't "me." I've done that since I was little. And writing that out kind of makes me sad. Okay, it makes me really sad because think of how adorable I would be if I just let whimsy take over my closet.
Do you have a strong sense of self?
I bet you do. I only bet that because I've seen your blogs and have read your comments on this blog. You write without apology. You write with enthusiasm, heartfelt words, and voice. I'm not saying you're 100% in love with who you are, but you're leaving your mark on this world through just being yourself.
And that, most of all, inspires me to do the same.
What does 'sense of self' mean to you?
Do you have it? Do you know people who have it?
photos from Zara Kid's 2010 Lookbook via their Facebook page.
I blogged these photos years ago and it took me forever to finally find the correct source.