Baby, I was born this way. Learning how to be comfortable in your own skin is a lifelong process. I guess we all feel a little different, not in with the “in-crowd”. Like everybody else has their life together better than you do. Girls, I am a Baby Boomer and it took me 45 years to finally feel comfortable in my own skin.
You’re not alone, we all feel different. Read on for some bittersweet life lessons I wish I had learned earlier, ’cause, “Baby, I was born this way”!!
*BLESS OUR SOUTHERN BIPOLAR HEARTS*
Here in the South, we have always known we are a little eccentric. I’ve always known I had 2 different sides. I was either super high energy Meg or low energy sleeping Meg. Lots of my relatives could definitely be called, “Crazy Southerners”!
I like to think I put the FUN in dysFUNctional. When my psychiatrist diagnosed me with Bipolar Disorder, I was relieved. It was as if the crazy jigsaw puzzle of my life suddenly came into focus.
I laugh at my crazy (manic) behavior often. I take my meds on time and I am, sort of, almost like a normal functioning human being.
*LIFE ISN’T ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE*
My Retired Navy husband of 21+ years, introduced me, without my consent, to crack cocaine. I became instantly addicted for nine months. He knew what he was doing, and sadly, it was the best nine months of our twenty-year marriage. He had been into drugs since he was a teenager and I knew that. I should have known better…
The Navy kept him clean and when he retired, his “mid-life crisis” wasn’t to have an affair with another blonde. No, he turned back to drugs and wanted me to join his party.
I quit Crack after nine months while going from a Marilyn Monroe body type to a Nicole Richie body type weighing only 88 pounds.
*FEELING COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN*
I was born in Atlanta and my mother’s name is Dixie. She has red hair, green eyes, freckles and white, white skin. I used to feel that I wasn’t attractive enough to compete with the other white girls because I couldn’t get a tan.
To compensate I used self-tanner which of course, looked orange. Since skin cancer runs in my family, I stayed out of the sun. Remember this was the 1970’s when a suntan was expected for all girls who wanted to be beautiful.
Fast forward and I am now happily married to a Chinese American Doctor. He raves about my lily-white skin and for the first time in 50 years of living, I feel comfortable in my own skin. Because remember…
*BABY, I WAS BORN THIS WAY*
On December 16, we got hitched by an Elvis Impersonator in Las Vegas. What a hoot and so much fun! For our honeymoon night, we saw Lady GaGa in Vegas the same night she announced she would have a concert residency in Las Vegas for 2 years at 75 Million a year. Check out this article.
Lady GaGa, or Stefani as she was born, has motivated me to embrace my inner quirks- being BiPolar. Lady GaGa has also motivated me to embrace my outer quirks–my glow in the dark, white, white skin.
*CONFESSIONS OF A SOUTHERN BABY BOOMER*
I swear you can’t make this crazy stuff up! My life has been so drama-filled that it is a Lifetime movie just waiting to happen.
Now, I want to share with you, my fellow girlfriends, some really important facts I have learned on my life journey.
- Like Shakespeare said, “To thine own self be true”.
- Be comfortable in Your OWN skin.
- Just say No to Drugs.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Things
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