Do you know what I find so funny? Every day, we wear a pair of socks before we go out. But once we lose a sock whilst rummaging through our drawers or our laundry, we freak out because now, the other sock is lonely and we won't be able to wear it anymore. It's considered useless. Socks always come in a pair, and if we lose one of them, we get rid of the other. And this is the sad story about socks.
You see, we are so used to making things perfect every day. We won't be able to live with ourselves if we weren't able to perfect things. We are perfectionist freaks because we are willing to get rid of one sock if its matching pair disappears, and we go buying new ones. And wearing odd socks is just weird because no one does that. What a lot of people mainly focus on in life is blending in, rather than standing out. You'll get judged if you wore one blue and one red sock to work every day. And when we get judged, we get bullied. And this is the thing. When we get bullied, we don't accept ourselves for who we truly are, and we lose ourselves.
So, why the odd socks? Odd Socks Day is a day where you are able to wear whatever and however weird socks you want. This is a day where you don't need to be perfect or normal - a day where you can stand out. It's a day of expression. Whether your socks have avocados on it, strawberries, polka-dots, stripes, triangles, or whatever, Odd Socks Day is a day where everyone can celebrate their own uniqueness (hence the odd socks), living without the burden of fitting in for one day. But to be honest, no matter what we wear on a regular day, odd socks or not, we are still unique and different in our own special way, and there's no denying the fact or hiding from it.
And since it's Anti-Bullying Week (which I am very passionate about), I would just like to encourage you to share your bullying story with me, or anything that is worrying you at the moment, and I'll try my best to help you. You're more than welcome to reach out to me if you're in need of a friend to talk to. All you have to do is scroll down and fill in the form which is available on every web page of this website. If you would like to be anonymous, that works too. Or, in order to celebrate this week, post a story about what you have gone through and share with others what you have learned throughout everything.
It's really important to speak up and it's a great opportunity to do so this week. Who knows? Maybe your story can comfort someone and encourage them to share their own journey. Being vulnerable is so important when it comes to opening up. And whether you're a girl or a guy, I believe that being vulnerable is brave and manly. Express that side of yourself before you start believing that your feelings don't matter, and that your vulnerability isn't worth considering.
I'm looking forward to hearing your stories.
All the love,