Have you ever gone to a high school play, or concert, or football game and looked for yourself? Have you looked for the person that is most like you were? The person who acts like you, walks like you, dressed like you did or appeared the way you felt...
I have and I did, last weekend at a Christmas concert. I couldn't find her exactly. I don't remember being that confident, or that pretty, or that shy or that unsure. But I do remember being there. I remember all the things I hoped to be and and trying to be sure of all the things I was.
Then, what would you say? If you saw that person who looked like you, what advice would you have given them?
The counselor says I'm a little 'out there'. (Out there has about a billion meanings and implications. But I like them all.) And that's exactly what I would've told that girl, had I found her.
"Don't be afraid, just be you. Be out there. Be out there because it's you, and being you will always lead you in the right direction, right back to God, right to where you began."
So, do that. Be "out there". Living in a shell doesn't really come with any perks, no matter how you spin it.