Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person you are. ~ Mandy Hale
Quote of the day.
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. When we are ourselves, we are at our most comfortable. And at our most free. When we are ourselves, we are at our most passionate about life and generous towards life. It’s when we are our most beautiful. And our most happy. Don’t be afraid to unleash it. Why would we live any other way?
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you’ll have to live. Take care of your soul. It’s the only thing you’ll have to live with.
We all make rash decisions in moments of anger. We all build upon bad habits in moments of apathy. We all hide parts of who we are in moments of insecurity. We all have regrets. And that’s ok. But what have we learnt from them? At the very least, that we could have done something differently. We could have thought before we spoke or spoken out instead of standing silent. We could have pushed ourselves ourselves further or given ourselves some credit. We could have spent more time on someone else or more time pursuing ourselves. Our thoughts, words, actions all build our character. And if we’re learning from our mistakes, we’re still on track. Pay attention to who you’re becoming. The only person guaranteed to stay with you is you.
Sometimes we have to go against the crowd, the current, the common. It’s paramount for our principles, for our sanity, for our future, for our growth. It might be easier to follow the flow and copy what everyone else is doing, but it’s not the most satisfying or worthwhile. We should be out experimenting, discovering, learning, challenging, creating, living. Stand by what you believe in and stick to who you are. Otherwise, you might not recognise yourself in the reflection.
Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream – Malcolm Muggeridge
Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.
The fear of missing out and being left behind is a pretty universal fear: we fear that we won’t hit a particular milestone at the correct time in our lives, or we fear that we won’t be invited to a certain social event, for example. Our first reaction is to try and fit in, and to mould ourselves to the conventional ideas about what life should be like. But won’t we then be missing out on our lives? Won’t we miss out on the parts of life we wanted for ourselves because we traded them in for what we were told we wanted? Let’s not go through our life pretending and wake up wondering where it’s gone. We only have one life and it’s ours. Build it, tailor it and paint it how ever you want. Don’t miss out on your life out of fear of missing out on a life like someone else. There’s no time to waste.
As much as there is a pressure to conform, there is also, on the opposite side of the spectrum, an overwhelming need to be original, to be extraordinary, to be unforgettable. Of course, we can be. But sometimes when we don’t live up to our high expectations, we view ourselves as failures, as ordinary, and as not being good enough. But that is far from the truth. Whether we are testing the limits of possibility or reaching for a dream held by so many others, whether we are being ‘extraordinary’ or ‘ordinary’, it doesn’t matter, as long as we are being ourselves. It can be challenging, but as long as we are sticking to our own principles and following our own passions, our life will be as abundant as anybody else’s, however much more extraordinary their’s seems. Be you.
Everybody should feel free to be who they are. Nobody should have to hide who they are. I think some of us are becoming apathetic, tired, frustrated or overwhelmed with the inundation of talk about equality and rights: sexuality, gender, race, religion. Of course, we should be happy with the progress we’ve already made, but honestly, we are still far from an equal, accepting and tolerating society, and we cannot pretend otherwise. We need to keep talking, acting, and evolving. With every little choice, word and action, we define the world; they spark, influence and spread to all those we touch, physically and online. We have the power to create a society where we are all free and loved. It will always start with us but it doesn’t have to end with us. Remember: What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.