It is my birthday this week, and I'm taking a little selfish pleasure in straying from my normal format. I would like to pass on some unsolicited wisdom I have picked up in my almost (CENSORED) years of living and loving in the Treasure Valley:
1. Be yourself. No matter how weird, awkward or over-the-top you are, you will never truly find happiness unless you let yourself be yourself. You should be different. Like Dolly Parton says, "Find out who you are and be it on purpose." It has always worked for me.
2. People have told me I couldn't do things for lots of reasons: my weight, my sex, my sexuality, my appearance. It's all 100 percent bullshit, and there is a lot of it to wade through. If you want to do something, go out there and make it happen. Some people will love you for it, some will hate you but as stunning burlesque queen Dita Von Teese says, "You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there is still going to be somebody who hates peaches." Don't let others' limitations become yours.
3. Don't take yourself seriously, take what you do seriously. After all, anyone who has watched Steel Magnolias knows, "An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure!"
Thank you for reading my column each week. It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.