Shoe size, height, Instagram followers, a college/uni grade, how much you 'lift' at the gym, or the size of your jeans. None of these numbers determine who we are, or the kind of person that we make, so why do we all pay so much attention to them?
Considering a lot of us don't think of numbers as our best friend (even as an accountant, I'm not a fan. Probably shouldn't admit that actually...), we don't half care a lot about them in other situations, don't we?
Ever since I got to the stage of being in 'adult' sizes, I've always been very conscious of the number of the tag (Well, two numbers really... especially when you're shopping on a budget!), and if this number isn't the one I want it to be, I generally won't buy the item, because I care too flippin' much about the fact that it's not the size I'd like! If a piece of clothing fits me, and makes me feel good, why should I feel bad about a number printed in black and white?
Does my size determine who I am? No, not at all.
Personally, I accepted my height from a very young age. I'm small. My Mum's small. My Dad's small. I didn't have much hope really, did I? There's nothing anyone can do about it so I embraced it and it's perks. Like always having more leg room than anyone else, mastering the art of crowd weaving, and never having to be concerned that you're date is gonna be smaller than you. But I know that a lot of people are very self conscious about their height, especially if you sit on one of the two ends of the spectrum.
Does my height determine who I am? No, not at all.
Social media followers. As bloggers, we can get pretty wrapped up in our social media following, right? I think we all do it, and actually, I think we have a pretty good bloomin' excuse. More followers generally means more exposure for your blog, and more people reading what you write. Which actually, is pretty cool when you think about it. Like, actual people reading my stuff? It's still a bit crazy to me that as many people read my blog as they do now, and my blog's pretty small!
But does the number of followers define how good your blog is? No, not at all.
A lot of my favourite blogs to read don't have hundreds of thousands of followers, but to me, they're still pretty awesome.
It can be hard to not let numbers get to us, they're a pretty big part of our lives, but trying to remember that these don't define us, is the important thing.
Nothing determines how kind we are, how loyal we are, how strong or loving we are. Nothing determines this but us and we can be as bloomin' great as we want to be.
You are you, and not a number.
I kinda needed reminding of this too.