Oh, my. Today's post makes my heart so happy. Such truth and such honesty. I love it when people have the courage to push through their fears and be vulnerable. Open. Authentic.
Jody, you are such a beautiful human being full of light, love, honesty, and compassion. I love what you shared so much. It's such a good reminder for me and I know it will be for many others. So thank you for doing it anyway - it was a post that was very much meant to be.
Text & Photos by Jody
Gratitude…. Hum, holy hell it’s my turn. What will I say? What will “they” think? I don’t want to do this. I NEED to do this. I won’t be as good as other bloggers. They will think what I say is weird, and I’m no photographer for heaven’s sake. Wow, look at how I’m so badly wanting on the “other” bus. I feel the need to hustle……(read on for explanation).
So, Jody…focus. What do you value and have gratitude for? What brings you that feeling of happiness if even for a moment? What stops your world, and makes you say “ah"…………???? It’s JOY.
It’s JOY!! It's joy and authenticity with a touch of awkward, openness, realness. It’s that, with a WHOLE lot of courage mixed in. When I see this……I’m GRATEFUL! Yes, grateful for being a “BOZO ON THE BUS”, riding with my bozo friends! Let me explain…..
“We’re all bozos on the bus, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride”. –Wavy Gravy (1969 clown/activist)
A “BOZO ON THE BUS” is what we all are in reality, contrary to the image we all work so hard to present to each other. A bozo is a half-baked experiment, mistake-prone, worried, egotistical at times, afraid and unsure, shame-filled, “real” human being. We ride along on a bus with other bozos, although we “hustle” to try and get on the “other bus.” The other bus is full of super-happy, thin, smart, fit people and their perfect children. They are all well-dressed, put together, love their jobs, have perfect marriages and always say and do the right things, and are never mean, mad, or sad. They sit nicely on the bus and smile all day. It’s full of the “cool people.” These people don’t eat Cheetos.
We think we want to be on that bus. We long to be on the bus with these “normal” people; it’s so sleek and never hits potholes!
But, we are ALL on the bus that says BOZO. Every one of us. The cool people bus is just full of BOZOS in disguise. They just don’t know they are BOZOS, but they are.
Then, we worry we might be the only passenger on the BOZO bus. But, we aren’t. That’s just an illusion. How wonderful it would be if we could all just get on with being BOZOS together. We could have so much fun being weird and uncertain together! We could hit potholes, and laugh, and find ourselves among friends.
So, I’m taking my seat on the BOZO bus, and going to share some of my favorite passengers with you today.
These BOZOS will make you smile, bring you JOY, and for that……I am SO GRATEFUL!!!!! Thank you for stepping on the bus and taking a peek inside!
Sites I Dig
The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann