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100-odd not-so-odd things I LOVE about myself

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I like this The Frisky post about 30 things you like about yourself so much that I spent my lunch hour yesterday thinking of the things I love about myself. I then sent my two BFFs the following sms: “OMG! I’m like, so much in EL OH VEE EE.”

I thought it’d be difficult to think of 30 things I like about myself but obviously it wasn’t that difficult. It helped to think of how I handle different situations. And I tried to see myself through someone else’s eyes.

I need to keep this list around for whenever I need some cheering up.

  1. I have learnt to love my curly hair. It’s OK and great to love curly hair but the transition from [nearly] hating it to loving it is what’s praiseworthy.
  2. I can talk about frivolous stuff as well as the deep stuff. It obviously depends on the situation and the person I’m talking to.
  3. I donate blood.
  4. I LOVE that my skin looks good even on closer inspection.
  5. Ideas excite me.
  6. I’m really just a big kid [child?] at heart. Gimme a swing and a jumping castle any day.
  7. I get awesome ideas like all.the.time.
  8. I have finally learnt to stick to a budget. It’s so freeing to be beholden to a budget.
  9. I am improving my net worth, even though it’s going to take a dip when I go away on a diiirty weekend…with myself.
  10. I try not to judge. And I don’t hate myself when I slip up occassionally.
  11. I can laugh at myself.
  12. I don’t laugh when someone hurts themselves.
  13. I can (mostly) handle criticism.
  14. I don’t get impatient with people who need some time to compose their answer.
  15. I’m beginning to understand what’s good for me.
  16. I LOVE that my crazy laugh is like, totally infectious.
  17. I pamper myself.
  18. I am assertive.
  19. ‘Why’ is my favourite word.
  20. I’m a nerd.
  21. I have made peace with my hips. I’m still working on the peace treaty with my tummy.
  22. I am an enthusiastic listener.
  23. I LOVE that I LOVE spending time with my niece.
  24. I’ll try most things at least once, kinda like Samantha from SATC.
  25. I can ask for help.
  26. I can bounce back from setbacks and learn from them.
  27. I am interested in stuff.
  28. I take care of my friendships.
  29. I can find cheap/free things to do when I’m Beyond Broke™
  30. I can forgive and forget.
  31. I love how I dress at least most of the time ;)
  32. I enjoy learning something new.
  33. I sometimes just don’t care what ‘they’ think.
  34. I’m trying to let go of my attachment to things.
  35. I can just enjoy doing nothing.
  36. I (sometimes) have excellent self-discipline.
  37. I can be a bit odd sometimes.
  38. I’m an awesome writer.
  39. I LOVE that I love so many things about myself.
  40. I don’t need to buy stuff to feel happy [about myself].
  41. I can compliment [random] people without expecting them to return the compliment.
  42. I demand the best service at all times.
  43. I can bargain.
  44. I give myself random hugs.
  45. I recruited myself to be my own cheerleader.
  46. I can market myself.
  47. I ask great questions from time to time.
  48. I do not torture my feet in ridiculous heels.
  49. I am learning to appreciate things for what they are.
  50. I am still figuring out the functions on my Sony Ericsson X1.
  51. I LOVE that I’m in love with myself.
  52. I tell outstanding waiters’ managers that they’re outstanding.
  53. I can lose myself in researching something on metal alloys or the difference between a recession and a depression.
  54. I love my job.
  55. I see the funny side of things.
  56. I send my BFFs random text messages that make them ROFL.
  57. I  can ‘conceptualise’ awesome article and  ideas [for work].
  58. I can see things from a different angle.
  59. I roll my r’s: it makes me ‘authentic’.
  60. I enjoy solitude.
  61. I LOVE that my blogging experiment is still happening after 3 years of ‘giving-it-a-try-to-see-whether-I-can-commit-to-something-for-longer-than-3-months’.
  62. I can find ways to minimise my workload.
  63. I’m OK with failing at something so that I can learn from it.
  64. I LOVE that I have such an expressive face.
  65. I give myself pep talks from time to time.
  66. I prefer ‘quality over quantity’.
  67. I LOVE looking at my PhD from The School of Hard Knocks and Tough Surprises that hangs over my desk at work.
  68. I enjoy being ‘bougie’.
  69. I really enjoy healthy food.
  70. I don’t do gossip.
  71. I enjoy scrubbing my kitchen floor.
  72. I’m getting better at Scrabble.
  73. I LOVE that I don’t even know how to spell ‘bored’.
  74. I enjoy exercise.
  75. I have goals and that I work towards achieving them.
  76. I can get ridiculously excited about [insert something random].
  77. I say what I mean.
  78. I hang out with people who ROCK. (I know, I know, I’m corny. Whatevs)
  79. I can fucking MURDER a Pac Man game.
  80. I read books on philosophy, economics or Afrikaans poetry to my niece.
  81. My breasts are awesome.
  82. I revel in my friends’ successes.
  83. I’m a bit of a girly girl.
  84. This list started off as “30-odd not-so-odd things I LOVE about myself”
  85. I fucking LOVE that I can do things by myself and not wait for someone to go to a movie/book launch/lecture/wine tasting with me.
  86. I allow my emotions some space.
  87. I’m learning what exactly I need in life.
  88. I’m getting over being sans a degree, though I still have lofty ambitions of teaching Philosophy AND Afrikaans AND History at Harvard.
  89. I’m forgiving myself for being such a fucking slacker [in high school] and for not getting that bursary that I never applied for.
  90. I can [sometimes] blag my way into [nearly] anything.
  91. I fucking LOVE that I feel no fucking need whatsofuckingever to get a car. Ever.
  92. I love silence.
  93. Ek is ‘n vrou van min woorde
  94. I don’t give a shit about labels. (Except LV, of course)
  95. I wear what fits me, ergo I don’t give a shit about ‘sizes’.
  96. I LOVE that, even at my ripe old age, I still get outraged over stuff.
  97. I make a mean spaghetti bolognaise
  98. I appropriate Bushisims.
  99. I’m starting to realise that men aren’t put off by smart women.
  100. And I am one of them women.
  101. I am grateful.
  102. I wait for people to exit the elevator before I get in.
  103. I don’t litter.
  104. I am a gadget freak who’s content to go without more gadgets: the insurance premiums…
  105. I am killing off my prejudices.
  106. I LOVE that I have a curated wardrobe.
  107. I give my mom stealth kisses.
  108. I talk to random people just sommer.
  109. I remain calm when the shit hits the fan.
  110. I am the most important person in my life.
  111. I love my strong jawline.

Written by Joy-Mari Cloete

April 16th, 2010 at 10:59 am

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  1. Joy, great list. It says a lot of good things about a person who can compile a list like this. It makes me want to wish you a good day, or a good weekend, or just some additional happiness…

    Brand Smit

    16 Apr 10 at 3:02 pm

  2. Sameste to you, Brand ;)

    Joy-Mari Cloete

    16 Apr 10 at 3:35 pm

  3. All I can say, young Joy-Mari, is: ‘Jesus, how does one find the time, the inclination, the pluck, the imagination, the balls, the smarts, the where-with-all, the obsession, the introspection, the metaphorical mirror, the symbolic deep diving and the complete insanity to find 111 things to say about oneself. I would go mad, just mad, trying to find 10 things to say about myself that is worth it. But then, as you suggest, that probably says more about me than you…

    Rodney Reiners

    19 Apr 10 at 9:45 am

  4. You really know yourself, this is a wonderful list.
    I like no 2 on your list, it reflects on your blog.


    19 Apr 10 at 1:35 pm

  5. Rodney, I challenge you to think of 15 things you like about yourself ;)

    MsAfropolitan, thank you. Life is so precious and fleeting. We really have to make the most of it.

    Joy-Mari Cloete

    19 Apr 10 at 4:34 pm

  6. I took up the challenge. FIFTEEN, she said. I sat. I wiggled. I squirmed. I dug deep. I scratched furrows in my bald head. Blank. Blank. Blank. Then the bulb lit up like flashlight in the forest…. I came up with only ONE.
    And it turned out to be a few words from an old Leonard Cohen tune:
    “I’m good at love, I’m good at hate; It’s inbetween I freeze.”


    21 Apr 10 at 10:22 am

  7. Agge nee, man! Well, at least I got a chuckle ;)

    Joy-Mari Cloete

    21 Apr 10 at 12:23 pm

  8. I admire the very way you love yourself in detail! 111… I’m jealous! After 8 days of hard thinking I just found only two things about myself to be truly glad with: 1. I’m so glad that I still live up until this minute. 2. I’m glad I’m 70 and it won’t take long – as I know – to get it all over with.


    18 Sep 10 at 4:07 pm

  9. Hey, Martin

    Thanks for the comment!

    Well, it took a long time to get to this point. But people are living longer lives these days. You might live another 32 years, which isn’t that short… You OK with that?

    Joy-Mari Cloete

    20 Sep 10 at 3:29 pm

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