Perception. What an amazing word! It is also a very important word because our perception of any situation is our reality. We find what we are looking for. Let’s say you’re in a relationship and keep a mental list of everything this person has done that doesn’t match the ideal person you’re looking to spend life with. Thinking about everything that doesn’t align makes it look like you need to find someone else! Is that reality or your perception? Both. (perception=reality) If people made a list of everything that was wrong about us, would anyone look like a quality choice in a life partner? Heck no. Now, what if you only focused on qualities that aligned with your ideal partner? All of a sudden that person looks like an excellent choice! We see ourselves through our partner’s eyes which makes perception of one another significant in relationships. Maybe you have had some unfortunate events happen to you in your life so it makes it “obvious” that the world is a bad place. There is evidence everywhere that indicates the world is awful. On the other hand, there is also evidence that the world is quite a wonderful place. So what are you looking for?

Since we see things as we are, that tells you a lot about what you’re looking for and focusing on. I read an article not long ago that said the happiest people believe that everything happens for a reason. Is it reality that everything happens for a reason? Who knows and who cares! If you believe it, it’s real. Truly believing that everything happens for reason gives us a lot of power. Take my height for example, I used to think there wasn’t a reason for me to be such a tall girl then I discovered basketball. What a stereotype I am right?! ūüėÄ After I started playing basketball, my height made sense! I needed to be tall to put a ball in a hoop! The real challenge came when my basketball career ended. I ended on a positive note playing for a professional team in Melbourne, Australia. Even though I was content with moving on from basketball, there was something inside me that wondered why I was so tall. So I explored another stereotype of tall women… modeling. I definitely had some fun experiences doing photoshoots but it turns out if you’re a woman and significantly taller than average, you attract the fetish side of modeling. Awkward questions came at me like a swarm of mosquitoes! “Are you interested in filming a video in which you step on various types of food?” “How do you feel about doing a photoshoot where you’re standing on my head?” “I’ll give you $300 if you punch me in the face.” I quickly realized that was not the career for me! I totally punched that guy in the face for $300…twice…because…obviously.

Since we see things as we are, that tells you a lot about what you’re looking for and focusing on. I read an article not long ago that said the happiest people believe that everything happens for a reason.¬†Is it reality that everything¬†happens for a reason? Who knows and who cares! If you believe it, it’s real. Truly believing that everything happens for reason gives us a lot of power.¬†Take my height for example, I used to think there¬†wasn’t a reason¬†for¬†me to be such a tall¬†girl then I discovered basketball.¬†What a stereotype I am right?! ūüėĬ†After I started¬†playing basketball, my height¬†made sense! I needed to be tall to put a ball in a hoop! The real challenge came when my basketball career¬†ended. I¬†ended on a positive note playing¬†for a professional team in Melbourne, Australia. Even though I was content with moving on from basketball, there was something inside me that wondered why¬†I was so tall.¬†So I explored¬†another stereotype of tall women… modeling. I definitely had some fun experiences doing photoshoots but it turns out if you’re a woman and significantly taller than average, you attract the fetish side of modeling. Awkward questions came at me like a swarm of mosquitoes! “Are you interested in filming a video in which you step on various types of¬†food?” “How do you feel about doing a photoshoot where you’re standing on my head?” “I’ll give you $300 if you punch me in the face.” I quickly realized that was not the career for me! I totally punched that guy in the face for $300…twice…because…obviously.

‚ÄčThe reason for me telling you all of these weird encounters¬†is¬†because it’s evidence that I was actively looking for meaning in why I am so tall. Searching for why things happen takes work and sometimes awkward situations! Many people don’t actively search for meaning and let situations bring them down. Please do not be one of these people! Do you have negative people in your life? Great! You have examples of what you don’t want to be like. Have you lost a loved one too early? Now you know how precious life is and can¬†live life fuller than anyone else.¬†Have you been through a traumatic event? You have the knowledge and power to¬†help others going through similar situations.¬†Are you starting to see how important perception is? Every situation is an opportunity.¬†Perceiving yourself as¬†the victim of your past doesn’t help anything¬†and prevents personal growth.

‚ÄčSo what do I perceive as my purpose of being tall? I view it as a way to help people. It is why I started this blog in the first place. If I can walk¬†confidently while avoiding low hanging objects, anyone can find confidence! Even though very few women can relate to my specific situation, I do believe everyone can relate to being different in some way. In stead of being mad at the fact that I’m so tall, I started on a continued journey down a path of purpose. My hope is that you will do the same!

Key Points

  • What are you looking for in difficult situations?
  • We see things as we are.
  • If you are convinced there is a reason for everything, there will be.
  • Never stop growing. (pun intended HA!)
  • You have a purpose no matter what you have been through.

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