This year I did something completely new; I dressed as a Native American and marched in the 4th of July Parade. I’ll admit it, I was hesitant at first, afraid that I’d look silly but then, as I was getting my costume together I realized that that was the point. Get goofy, be ridiculous, and push beyond your comfort zone.
And how was the experience? An absolute blast. As a member of the Salinan Tribe I got to spend time with one of my best friends, meet wonderful people, and wave at adorable munchkins along the parade route. And did I mention that I had my own personal leather-skinned drum to bang on the whole way? The rhythms it made were awkward at first but soon I was marching to a silly beat.