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5 Life Lessons that Made Me Me – Lesson Three

If you had to choose five life lessons that influenced or molded you into the adult you are today, what would you write about? Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some of my personal life lessons.

Life lessons can be those painful or happy things that alter our life’s direction or change the way we view the world.

Life Lesson #3. You don’t have to be one of the “cool girls” to be cool.

I remember way, way, way back in high school how I never really fit in. I wore coke-bottle glasses, my clothes were nice but very conservative, my father was a lawyer in county government and I was extremely shy. Not exactly the picture of a “cool girl.”

Sharon Cool Girl - SophomoreI always felt like I was on the outside of the “cool girl” clique looking in at all the fun. They were better looking, wore the latest styles, had hair that was perfect even after gym class and dated the most popular guys. When I was around them I felt less-than, if you know what I mean. I kept comparing myself to the “cool girls” and always seemed to come up short. In my teenage mind, the “cool girls” were the benchmark of perfection – something every girl should strive to emulate.

Fast forward to my 20th high school reunion. I had matured and blossomed in my own self-confident personality. I went to the reunion with my head held high. Of course I’d spent the day getting my hair and makeup done and bought a new dress. BUT when I walked into the reunion,  I realized that as an adult I seemed to be faring better than the “cool girls.” The perfection I perceived I needed to strive toward, didn’t seem so perfect twenty-five years later.

Comparing myself to others was a waste of time and did nothing to enhance my self-esteem or self-image. When I stepped back and looked at a situation objectively, the perfect person standard wasn’t as perfect as it seemed. As a teenager I never appreciated my own “coolness.”

The older wiser Sharon who attended her 20th high school reunion realized comparing myself to others had been a no-win situation. I was cool in my own way during high school. Not perfect, but cool. I had great friends, made good grades and belonged to clubs I enjoyed. I had a good home life and I didn’t get into trouble. For a teenager, that’s pretty cool in my book.

Life lesson learned: I am pretty cool just the way I am.
Here is a link to Life Lesson #1: Life Lesson #1 – There is a price to pay for success.
Here is a link to Life Lesson #2: Life Lesson #2 – Life is going to throw you curve balls.

Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
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