We’re pulled in all directions. The daily bombardments from the media never stop, telling us what we should eat, how we should dress and who we should be like. Happiness, it seems, comes with a leather seats and requires just five minutes a day to whiter teeth.
Even when we take a break from Hollywood, much of our waking life is spent being influenced by others. The pastor at your local church has a list of seven deadly sins and ten commandments. The kids at high school have a clear definition of success that includes the popular football player and perfectly proportioned cheer leading squad, leaving no socially acceptable room for the nerdy computer geek. Our teachers laud kudos on the academically excellent and above average “straight B students”, yet scorn the brilliant artist, mathematician or actor who dare to excel in only one area.
We’re taught to spend our energy on fitting in, on being accepted. Our life is spent living up to expectations, carefully shielding our uniqueness from the harsh glare of the world. Leaving our spirit trapped within us. And most of us leave this world having never lived.
“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.” ~Tagore
The hardest part about being yourself, is that you no longer spend your time trying to be someone else. You see, imitating someone else is not just socially acceptable, but requires little mental or emotion effort. After all, you’re not inventing and discovering, you’re just copying.
Yet for all it’s challenges, there is nothing as sweet as accepting who you are and living your life every day. Our greatest gift to this world, to our friends and family, is to let our uniqueness shine through. Our strange quirks, heartfelt passions and hidden talents are what make us an invaluable part of creation.
So how do you make a difference in your life today? For the next week stop trying to be like everyone else and spend time discovering who you are.
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