Accents. Wardrobe. Hairstyles. Don’t you wish some folks would reevaluate their freedom of choice in this country? I know I do. But what if the one you kinda-sorta-like-a-lot is exercising their rights, the wrong way?
Part of being single and happy is the ability to be…well..you! We don’t need any more Xerox copies (remember when copying was only known as “Xeroxing”? Yes, I’m an oldhead!) Being natural – beyond the outer appearances, too – has its privileges. First, what you see is what you get. There are no surprises when you least expect them and you can rely on a person being who they are 24/7. Secondly, being natural can be both a money and time saver. Oprah’s latest magazine cover shows her (of course!) sporting her natural locks. Looks like she had it braided first, then un-braided and fluffed out, no? Nevertheless I’m sure she cut her “dolling-up” time for the photo shoot in half!
As for my own head: Everyone knows I’m #teamnatural.
Sure, “keeping it real” can go terribly wrong, as Dave Chappelle used to remind us during his television show days. But there is a difference between being yourself, and being a total jerk who likes to blame others for their own behavioral problems. Knowing when to put some clothes on and knowing when to shut up, never goes out of style.
Then you have some of my southern friends, with their natural, deep-friend accents. Is it wrong to judge a person who says “skrimp” instead of shrimp? Skreet, instead of street? (Especially if he’s fine?) He is awesome otherwise, and if he tried to pronounce shrimp correctly, it simply wouldn’t be him. Makes sense? Don’t try to change people.
And to be fair, fellow northerners, what is a dawg? Oh…you mean dog?
The take-away. Being natural these days, with VH1′s fair share of wanna-be-wives, -mistresses, and -recording artists is a gift, a rare jewel. The decision to not be like everyone else is a beautiful thing. Accept them for being who they are, natural, or leave them alone.
Are you embracing your natural…well…you?