I was walking a few of my clients around Harbour Town earlier this week and had a random thought that spiraled. Just to clarify, my clients in this case were two adorable pooches. One of them is older, well-adjusted and pretty calm. The other is younger, just as adorable, but a little bit of a spaz with some funny quirks. As such, he requires slightly more attention – but I really love this little dog.
It got me thinking about why we like and are drawn to people who are a little bit of a hot mess. Is it because of the entertainment factor? Or our desire to help and “fix,” although I use that word with caution. How boring this world would be without all our little personality flaws and quirks. It’s what makes people endearing—and yet also possibly aggravating and requiring more work on our part.
This thought led to another about how people who are responsible and do everything right and as expected sometimes get less attention from us than the ones who don’t. It’s like if you have that one awesome kid or employee who is always 100 percent on-time, responsible and AMAZING, you might forget to tell them how great they are, because you assume they know it and will always be there for you.
Anyway, it’s kind of deep for the beginning of the year, but that’s where my head is this morning, so … you’re welcome. I guess the moral of this story is, everyone’s imperfections make them lovable, but don’t forget to tell those mostly perfect people you appreciate them too. 😉
And speaking of perfection, our January issue is all about how to better yourselves, just like every January issue since magazines began: “New Year, New You” and all that jazz. We have features on local personal trainers and gyms, because almost everyone’s New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or get in better shape. Becca Edwards shares Charlotte Hardwick’s (nourish and flow) bone broth recipe, which is thought to have many healing properties and benefits. We also tell the story of Tina Simmons and how, with the help of Tom Alaimo and Bluffton Self Help, she is getting ahead instead of just getting by. There is a shift happening in the way Bluffton Self Help is meeting the needs of our community, and you can read the story on page 32.
Last month, we also spent an afternoon with the new town manager, Marc Orlando, hitting a lot of his favorite places on Hilton Head Island and getting to know him. Other than almost stepping on a water moccasin in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, it was a delightful afternoon spent with someone who is excited to “come back home” to the town of Hilton Head Island. Read that story on page 22.
Here’s to another imperfect year! Make it a good one.