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Being Unique is Better than Being Perfect

I’m the first to admit it – I love unique, flawed, imperfect things. I crave the muffins that have overflowed unevenly, and have that yummy, crackly, crunchy bit on the muffin top. I prefer a field of wildflowers, weeds and all, over a manicured, perfect flower garden. And place awonky, homemade, baked-with-love cake in front of me at birthday time, and I’ll smile from ear to ear.

So why don’t we cherish these imperfections in ourselves? Our muffin tops, our short bodies, our big boobs, our scrawny arms, our frizzy hair? I try to embrace the things that make me different and unique, even beautifully flawed, but it’s tough. I’m hopeful that I’ll be inspired by our brand new writer, Jordan Thomas, in our Let’s Be Honest column. You can read her introductory article on page 19.

However we feel about the look of our breasts, we need to remember that they’re good for a lot of things. One of those is breastfeeding, which may or may not be for you and your baby. Dr. Bhayana talks “breast practices” on page 6. And health and beauty expert Lisa Aquilina always keeps us gorgeous inside and out, with this month’s chat about beauty tools (good news: we can clear that bathroom drawer by buying less!)

I always stop and slow down on November 11th to remember those who put their lives on the line to give us the peace and freedom we so much enjoy in Canada. We are so very thankful to military women and men, and their fami- lies, and we grieve those who have been lost. The grieving process is difficult for adults, and can be even more challenging for children. My heartstrings were pulled by Frank Emanuel’s article on the loss of his father and his sons’ Nonno, as my son lost three grandparents in a very short time. I agree with Frank that being transparent with children, and not trying so hard to shelter them, is the best policy. Take a few quiet moments to read Learning to Grieve on page 12.

I leave you with the words of one of the wisest people to walk this earth, Maya Angelou. She said “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” So get out there, be unique, be weird, love your differences and be you!

Sabina Manji, a lifelong Londoner, is an irrepressible entrepreneur, mother of a wonderful son, and also a committed volunteer.


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