I cannot think or look at the words, “express yourself”, without following up with another, “’Spress Yourself!” like in the Charles Wright song. I’ll admit that most of the time I just mumble along to the words during the rest of the song and then yell out, “Spress Yourself!” whenever I think that part is coming up. Sometimes I come in right on time and sometimes I don’t. Doesn’t matter as long as I, “EXPRESS MYSELF”.
I’m working hard to express myself as fully as possible, but it can be difficult. Writing is one way I express myself. I can’t draw but some people like my lovely friend Rachelle, who drew the picture below can express themselves through visual arts. I have friends who act in play, friends that sing. People travel and make videos to express themselves. There are so many ways to shout out to the world, “I am Bre!” Or, “ I am [insert your name here]!
Another way I express myself is to use humor. I’m pretty good at laughing at myself and I enjoy a good joke. When I laugh, my mouth opens wide so you can see all the way down into my stomach (jk!), but you can definitely see all my teeth and my laugh is pretty loud. When I was in the 8th grade, a guy named Ryan who I had a crush on, turned around in his seat and told me that my laugh was the worst thing he’d ever heard. My heart broke into pieces and I thought I would never laugh again.
I stopped talking and speaking up in class. I kept my jokes to myself and I made sure that whenever I was around Ryan I didn’t laugh. Then I watched a movie with Julia Roberts in it and she LAUGHED! All her teeth were showing and her head was thrown back it was awesome! Then I saw a movie with Gabrielle Union and she laughed big and happy too!
By that time, I’d long been out of classes with Ryan and entering high school. It took me a while to embrace my laugh and a lot of other things about me, but now it’s one of my favorite ways to express myself. I think that if I’m only ever remembered for my laugh and the way I make other people laugh, that’s OK with me.
However you express yourself, do it loud and proud 🙂