Do you ever feel like the “you” people see is not as shiny and pretty as you would like? Whether it’s from the toll of years of life or you were up with your sick baby in the night or bad news is wearing you down, you may be feeling ragged.
Last week I spent a day in an old mining town that makes no apologies for losing the patina of newness. Peeling paint, broken fences, dusty old things are what you find here. In fact, it’s why people come to visit.
If a crew came in with a truckload of paint and gardening tools and fixed up the tiny town, the charm would disappear. Julian is fascinating because the old is okay, the rough surfaces are the norm. The town puts on no airs. It is simply itself.
If you’re feeling a bit like the old fence, take heart. Your experiences, your problems and worries that have etched wrinkles on your face or left circles under the eyes — these are what make you charming. They are what make you real.