Bein’ Green was written in 1970 by Joe Raposo for the first season of Sesame Street.  It’s a song where Kermit expresses that he doesn’t like being green because many common, boring things are green.  By the end though, he realizes he’s happy to be green.  Great things are green.  “It’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be.”

One day, I was getting my daughter ready for sleep and she pointed out that I didn’t have earrings.  I thought it was interesting to see how something like earrings meant nothing about gender, class or hierarchy to her. She had earrings so why shouldn’t I?

As kids grow older, there are all sorts of things that will influence their thinking and judgments. Varying pressures will try and conform them into something they might not want to be.  We try and show them to respect themselves, treat others the same, love everything.  But why don’t we do this as adults?

It’s so important to listen to your inner most self. Kermit was able to realize how important it is to love himself as is.  Shouldn’t we all?  He’s a green, piggy-loving frog.  I’m a red-headed, colorblind Jew.  Who cares?

Here are some good resources on getting over self-identity issues:

What are some situations where something you judged as a flaw turned out to be
an asset?  Do you have a trait that people compliment you on but you just can’t
seem to see what they do?

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