More from my altered book of me from Tam’s class. When I started this book, I went through my parents old photo albums looking for pictures to copy and use. I came across this one of me and my decorated, tin foil covered bike. I remember decorating the bike and riding it in a parade in the small town we lived in at the time. I was so proud of how we spiffed up the bike! I get to decorate up my bike doing crazy things twice a year now as part of the route safety teams for 2 of the 3-Day for the Cure Breast Cancer Walks. We decorate as pirates in Cleveland and I have a magical pink treasure chest I strap on the back along with a pirate flag, decorated bras and whatever else catches my eye. In Michigan we are the Pink Panthers and my bike gets decorated with as many Pinkies as I can attach (and of course includes a few bras too!). I even made a pink panther bike helmet cover and a pink panther bra that I wore this year! It is fun to see the walkers perk up and laugh as they discover all the things on my bike. Sometimes that one little smile can change the course of their day and that is worth pedaling around all the extra weight of the decorations.
This spread is all about embracing the unusual and loving it. One of the quotes I have on there says “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” I believe it is a quote from George Bernard Shaw. I love this as it reminds me that we can go beyond what seems like our limits and really do anything that we set out to do. It goes right along with the feelings of the last post on not letting others decide what you can or should be. I choose to be unusual, remarkable in my own way and no one else will ever be the exact same. Isn’t that amazing? We are all one of a kind and bring so many special qualities to this world. We are all irreplaceable and that is incredible! So I challenge each of you to do something you’ve always wanted to do, but were held back from for some reason. Be outrageous and enjoy every moment of it!