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When did you realize who you are?

shining starI met a 5 year old girl today (5 and 3/4 to be exact) who blew me away with her personality. I was at the park while my son practiced baseball and my daughter played on the playground. This little girl walked up and started playing with my daughter… neither saying a word to one another, just interacting and eventually the conversation began to grow. An hour later they were pals, and I learned something amazing.

Some people really do know who they are at a young age. This little girl knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to approach people. She was kind, happy, eager to share yet didn't comprimise what she wasn't ok with. Without showing you a video, it's probably difficult to describe the actions of such a young mind, but watching her was amazing.

I've read stories and watched movies where there were characters that are shining stars in the eyes of others, this girl had that sparkle no doubt. I wonder if she knows it and I wonder when she will realize it. Will she retain the knowledge of her grand potential and grow it or will she do like many of us and hide from our own self inflicted uncertainty?

Whatever it is and how ever it happens, this girl has something special and her letting it out for the world to see inspired me today.

Be true to yourself and be proud of it. Pretend you're 5 again and just run out and be the you that you want to be!

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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