By Gwyneth Allred
A few days ago I was walking across my college campus when a mentally and physically handicapped young man rolled by me on his electric wheelchair. At a distance I thought he was talking to himself, but when he was closer I realized that he was blasting Justin Bieber's song "Company" and singing along to it at the top of his lungs. I'll be the first to admit that I was impressed with his happiness and his confidence.
More of us need to be like this young gentleman. It truly doesn't matter what our abilities are, what we look like, or what our weaknesses may be. We can and should always enjoy doing the things that make us happy regardless of who may see us doing them.
Why is it that many of us are embarrassed to be seen dancing and singing like crazy in the car by someone we know? Let's be honest, they do it too! Why are we ashamed when a little part of our true self slips out around those who aren’t our closest friends? Stop letting the perception of others hold you back from doing what you enjoy and being happy.
Today, sing along a little louder when your jam comes on, no matter who is on the car with you.
Today, wear a plaid scarf over that polka dot shirt because they're both your favorite.
Today, care a little less about what society thinks of you and your tastes and be content with yourself.
Today, and everyday, be proud to be you.
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