It's true, you know - Armadillos ARE off the chart of goofball. They've really mastered The Art of Couldn't-Care-Less, evident in the way they bumble around in full dress armor (inspite of) rooting around among the roots and occasionally rolling themselves into a big ball of 'dillo.
So, WHY am I talking to you about armadillos?
Frankly, it just seemed like an interesting way to bring up today's goofball topic. See, I've taken up Tea Silvestre's "Bloom Your Online Relationships" 30 day challenge. Each day of September focuses on an actionable tip for making your online presence more you, and more relatable - thus enriching your relationships with peers, fans, customers, etc. And the very first tip? The Ever-Blossoming-Purple-Haired-Goofball herself, Pace Smith, issued her OWN mini challenge, to Become an Authentic Goofball -
Of course, I've mostly got that mastered, right? I mean, on a scale of 1 to Goofball, I rank somewhere to the North-West of Tangerine. Even so, I worry about getting it right, what everyone will think, and how they will respond. I worry that I'm not quite hitting the right notes, that instead of my quirky, goofy, beautiful intent singing to the universe, it will be a dead, dull loud thud.
Luckily, I know where the thud comes from... trying too hard. Trying to make something look professional. Trying to impress. Overcomplicating things. So my goofball challenge to myself? Start sharing the small stuff. The unpolished, unpretty, unapologetically small and goofy bits of my day to day life.
Because in that day to day stuff lies the proof that yes, I really am the wacky, normal, boring, quirky, struggling creative that you see in my artwork and writing. It's those day to day bits that reveal the similarities and differences between you and I... where we connect, overlap, and even contrast - making both of us brighter and more clearly defined by comparison.
And this sharing of essential, authentic goofallisms? It's a use of social media I think both Armadillos and I can get behind.
How about you?
P.S. The image at the top of this post? That's me learning to be a more authentic goofball. Instead of spending 3 days getting it "just right" I threw it together, realized it was pretty damn'd goofy and funny as is, and tada! There it is. No thud! Amazing, right? GOOFBALLS FTW!