Some Things That Make Me “Beautifully Different”

December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.

What makes me different? Here are some things that I have come up with:

  • I am the only one in my immediate and extended family pursuing an advanced degree (both my M.A. and now Ph.D.)
  • I have been singing for as long as I could remember. Many people ask why I don’t audition for American Idol (I tell them it’s because I’m nerdy and go to graduate school). It’s really because I don’t think I can handle being a starving artist.
  • I won two awards this year in a span of a couple of weeks. These awards in total got me $3,000. I don’t know where it all went but I’m still poor.
  • I don’t know why, but I have become a very sexual person. Many conversations with me turn into something that has to do with sex. Do I need to get my mind out of the gutter? Probably. But I find sex fascinating and quite fun.
  • I am a published academic and I am only a first year Ph.D. student. Apparently that’s a big deal, but I don’t really think so – I’ve been submitting manuscripts to journals since my M.A. program.
  • My middle name is Lyn, and my boyfriend’s last name is Lynn, so when we get married I will be Rowena Lyn Lynn (though not really because I will make my maiden name my middle name, and also, why would I want to sound like a Chinese Panda?)
  • Other than death and failure, I have another weird fear. Whenever I drive over a bridge, I always go in the middle lane, because I have this intense deep fear that I would somehow fall over the edge and die in the water. Morbid, I know, but true.
  • I was the spelling bee champ in Camden County, NJ when I was in 8th grade (I spelled “heredity” correctly). Then I came in 2nd runner up for the state championships because I spelled “compulsory” wrong.
  • I have a weird obsession with monkeys. It actually started because I was in the Sexy Animals Club when I was 11, and I was dubbed the sexy monkey. It wasn’t anything really, just a bunch of us in an AIM chat room talking about how sexy we were.
  • I have been performing for 12 years and have been in 20 musicals and 3 straight plays (I like musicals more). I was in my first regional, paid theatre performance when I was 18 (It was Miss Saigon, and yes, I played a prostitute).
  • I have a very extreme peanut allergy. My worst night EVER in MD was when I accidentally ate peanuts and puked all night. My worst day EVER in NJ was when I was rushed to the hospital because I couldn’t breathe. I finally got an epipen but I never carry it with me…whoops.
  • Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” is my ultimate karaoke song and I will always open with it when I go out.
  • Even though I’m 100% Filipino, and my parents were born in the Philippines, I do not understand ONE word of Tagalog. Thanks mom and dad.
  • When I was younger I had an imaginary family: Sandy, Bobby, Michael, and Julie. I would play my “Wee Sing America” tape and pretend that I was conducting an imaginary choir, using a pencil as my baton.
  • I loved making home movies with my sister and friends that took the entire day to shoot but ended up only being a total of 30 minutes. Some favorites include “Another Cinderella,” “The Dare,” “Missing Mrs. Roe,” and the one where we sang to No Scrubs and I threw watermelons at Carl Bierbach…I forget the name of that classic.
  • I only took one real PR class in my undergrad but it is now my field of study. (Thank you Farbman!)
  • I still remember choreographed dances that my cousins taught me in the Philippines when I was 8 years old. (Ask me to do one some time – they’re fun to watch! Some classics include “The Sign” by Ace of Base and “Always” by Erasure) I also remember dances from musicals, such as the Buck N’ Wing dance from Showboat.

I must admit that I took some of these from my “25 Random Facts About Me” note on Facebook. It’s hard to think about what makes you different, but I guess looking back on these, I can claim to be a little unique. 🙂

About Rowena Winkler

Passionate Performer, Speaker and Writer by Calling, Dancer of All Good Beats, Yoga Practitioner and Enthusiast, Spiritual Trustee of the Universe, Traveler of Many Distant Lands, Lover of Derek the Logical but Amiable, Mother of Eponine/Dex/Teyla, Architect of Spoken Word Poetry, Trainer in the Craft of Communication, Unapologetic Individual, First of Her Name.
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