Aside from being a clever (or not) nickname given to me in high school, jello is a fun little food.
Jiggly. Wiggly. Sweet. Squishy.
But jello is so much more. We can learn some serious life lessons from jello. Seriously. Let me tell you a little about my life's philosophy that I gleaned from that silly little snack.
What is it that I love about jello? Let me count the ways.... I mean.... I'll tell you.
- It's versatile and goes with the flow. You can put it in a cup. Or a big bowl. Or some funny shaped molds. Even some fancy champagne flutes. And that's only the half of it. You don't even have to eat it if you don't want to. Jello wrestling, anyone?
- Talk about variety! Cherry, lime, strawberry, all kinds of flavors. Mix and match for your own crazy concoctions. There's bound to be something for everyone.
- It's not a diva! You can add your own input and jello just gets even better. A dollop of whipped cream. Stash some pineapple chunks or grapes in there. Pop a diamond ring in your girlfriend's jello and see what happens. The sky is the limit, folks.
Seriously, I could go on and on. But I'll spare you. The bottom line is this:
You can do whatever you want to jello and chances are, it'll still be awesome. Not because it's red jello or green jello, not because it's shaped like a star or served in a fancy glass, and not because you put some fruit or a diamond ring in it. It'll still rock because that's what jello does. That's what jello is.
Jello is fabulous. Jello is a rockstar. Jello is just fine on its own and doesn't need your fancy serving bowl or diamond ring filler.
That's what we need to learn from jello. That we're all rockstars in our own right.
Spiked hair, tattoos, piercings. Or not.
Three-piece suit, perfect coif, designer shoes. Or not.
You can look like Farmer Ted one day, a hardcore punk rocker the next day, and a Wall Street broker the day after that.
As long as you live knowing that who you are - not what you look like, what you do, what you eat or don't eat, who you love, or whatever - is what makes you an amazing person, then you have learned the jello lesson.