I’m a Pony Who Makes Butterflies – The Oddities of Me

by Melody Jean

“In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies.” ~ Dr. SeussBalloon horse

I stumbled upon this quote the other day and just laughed. It struck me oh, so perfectly, in that sing-song place that I think those who deem me bizarre, may not understand.

To Be You is To Be Judged 

With this blog I run the risk of being judged. I get that. Even though nothing has been said to me, which actually alludes to this, it’s a reality. Some probably cringe at my blog links that I post on Facebook and think “what the H.E.L.L is she talking about?” To this I smile.

I can only assume too, that my writing may appear to be confusing banter, word-smith like riddles, or perhaps just plain weird to some. I also find humor in this.

It’s a Way of Thinking

I don’t want to appear callous, pompous, or disrespectful of other’s thoughts and feelings. It’s quite the contrary actually. I only find the aforementioned comical because I can actually understand where they’re coming from. Really, I promise. True story.

If one has never been exposed to this way of thinking, that which I present, I can see how it may appear odd. To each his own I always say. In this, I find solace.

Entertaining Thoughts Without Accepting Them

I was raised to entertain ideas as possibilities, even if in the end, I don’t accept them. A quote by Aristotle sums this up perfectly “It’s the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Because of this, I have happened upon many different theories, ideas, notions and the like. I have also formulated many of my own. A compilation of these two entities is what I present in this blog.

Those who read are free to take that which they deem appropriate and leave all, none, or some behind.

Beware Haters Everywhere, In the Name of Jesus Christ

Too I learned at a young age, the hard way, that you are going to have “haters” or those who don’t like you. My dad said to me when I was in middle school, “Mel not everybody is going to like you, it’s impossible. Look at Jesus Christ. He was wonderful and still not everyone liked him. He was killed for what he stood for, believed in, so you’re not doing so badly!”

Yup. Typical pointed advice, dripping in sarcasm, filled with truth, compliments of my dad. I remember laughing and saying, “Ha! Thanks dad.” But it all makes sense now.

What I actually took away from that discussion was that he’s 100% right. Not everybody is going to like me and I can only be one person. If this is the case, then I sure as heck want to like me.

So in that vein knowing I can only be one person I always sought to be true to, well, me first and foremost. The key was to learn to like me. Be confident in me, my beliefs and abilities, regardless of what others might think. After all, in the end, I have to live with me more than anybody else.

It took me years to get to this point. It’s a great place and one where I can manifest something like this blog without being crippled by ridicule and judgment. It feels good. So again, I smile.

The Humor Behind the Riddles

A lot of what I write has an underlying humor behind the reality, if you will. Either you can glean my sense of humor in these posts, or you can’t. There’s little in between, or wiggle room.

It’s for the Ponies

Perhaps it’s the hopeless romantic in me, but I truly believe that this “out there” mumbo-jumbo that I present almost daily is percolating the minds of many regardless of those who deem it strange. With this effort I know that I run the risk of being viewed weird, odd, off, unusual, or any other term that ties-in with my esoteric thinking. I’m okay with this.

Years ago, not so much, but today, I’m very much so. I like me, and I know who I am. I believe that if someone takes even one morsel of value from that which I offer, it’s an effort well sought. So this one’s for all of you ponies out there.

Circling Back

As I always do after taking you along on a journey of my thoughts, it’s time to circle back and reflect on the Seuss quote above.

Many along the way have said that I have a positive outlook on life. Even when things are a mess, I seek to uncover the brighter side. This is why I laughed when I read Seuss’s quote above. I think that at times perhaps I appear to some as if I view things like this – a world filled with ponies in lieu of humans, who feed off of rainbows and poop butterflies.

While I appreciate the kind words of others, I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit that yes, I too become sad, feel beat-up and defeated at times. It’s part of being a human-being. Yet I don’t dwell and flip the switch. After all I have the ability to visit the bathroom and make butterflies.

I found additional comedy in the quote above, if you can believe it. I find it seemingly applicable to those who think I’m unusual as well. I chuckle because they probably think that my world is just comprised of toilet bowls filled with butterflies. So for this reason I laughed, I smiled, I chortled. Yup, I did.

The Pot O’ Gold at Rainbow’s End

I think the bottom line is that if we are comfortable with ourselves, no matter the judgers or what we’re judged upon, we can remain strong. Another favorite quote of mine is by Les Brown “Someone else’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.”

So with that my fellow ponies, I bid farewell for now. May your day be filled with a plethora of rainbows to eat, and may all of your visits to the bathroom result in butterflies.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

runnergirl

WOW!! Good for you!! Loved it & can so relate. Thank you for having the courage to step out. Why are they so afraid of us ponies :-). Fear is such a funny thing but they still don’t get it….do they?? Yes, we are powerful!! Let your light shine!! If we are to bright…..well, hell, they can put on shades:-)

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Melody Jean

Thanks for your feedback runnergirl. I really appreciate it! It helps to keep the juices flowing 🙂 I’m glad you relate … I always knew there were fellow ponies out there 😉 Thanks again.

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Maureen

Dear Melody Jean,
I just heard about your blog via an email from George Crist. It sounded like your blog was brand new, but after browsing around a bit it seems as if you’ve been at this for awhile. It’s such a fun and refreshing site! Your wonderful, lighthearted writing style along with the clean, crisp layout and bright, fun photos all work together to make your blog a happy, easy place I’m so glad to find!

I felt very moved to comment here, because this post came to me at the perfect time. I’ve been struggling so much lately with the whole “not everybody is going to like me” thing. I thought I learned that lesson long ago … but apparently I still have a hard time accepting it. (Truly, I’m way too old to still worry about such things … growing up is taking years longer than I ever imagined!).

I’ve been wanting to start a blog of my own for several years now; and I actually tried a few times, but abandoned my efforts after about 2-3 posts. So, I truly understand the courage and self-esteem it takes to do this. I admire your courage and willingness to put yourself out there … despite the “haters” and “judgers”.

You wrote: “I believe that if someone takes even one morsel of value from that which I offer, it’s an effort well sought. So this one’s for all of you ponies out there.”

To that I say, “Neighhhh(snort)!” Because I found more than just a morsel of value here. I found mounds of it — like a role model (that would be you!); inspiration; seeds of hope; some very important reminders; a new favorite quote (the Aristotle one — I LOVE it!); and smiles all around … especially from the classic story about your dad’s “Jesus pep-talk.” It was so sweet and touching to see a dad support and encourage his daughter that way.

I know this comment is now a novel (a tendency of mine), so I’ll sign off — carrying with me another gift from your post: Lyle Lovett crooning in my head the chorus to his classic song, “If I had a boat.”

(just in case you don’t know it, the lyrics are: “If I had a boat, I’d go out on the ocean. And if I had a pony, I’d ride him on my boat. And we could all together go out on the ocean … me upon my pony on my boat.”).

I’ve never been able to figure out what the H.E.L.L. Lyle’s talking about there. But still love the song!

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Melody Jean

Maureen – thank you for your thoughtful note!

Ironically not only do I know that Lyle Lovett song, but it’s a fave. The line you reference is of course the one I like the most as well. For obvious reasons no doubt. It’s so out there, that is, a pony on a boat. I could go on about what I think this means. Perhaps I’ll write a blog post about it one day. I pick songs that grab me to elaborate on. Thanks for this reminder. I’ve always thought that he was either (1) wishing for a big boat, bigger than Noah’s ark (ha!) to fit his pony (2) that he was speaking figuratively in that wishes or dreams can be big; one never knows, or finally (3) that anything is a possibility if you only try. I’m so very glad that you got a morsel or two from this post. I appreciate your thoughtfulness – so again, here’s to all of us ponies, who not only make butterflies, but ride boats too 😉

Please know too that you can follow the blog on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/contemporaryseeker which will take you right to the page. If you “like” the page, future blog posts will come up in your newsfeed. Again, thanks for sharing, it’s much appreciated.

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