The importance of being yourself
The most important things in life are happiness and peace of mind. But they are very hard to attain if you are living by someone else's rules. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself during your lifetime. It is a real challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly being influenced by the media and social life. This is why you must be yourself and do exactly what you love in order to be free and have a fulfilling life.
There's always a lot of pressure from the outside world. It constantly tries to influence your personality and your beliefs. It tries to make you a member of the empty-headed crowd. When you decide to take the path that goes against this crowd you're going to need a lot of patience and strength of character. The reason why the majority of people choose to follow the crowd is because it's easy. It's more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and show how different you are. That's why in order to be yourself, you must grow a backbone and have thick skin.
There are many reasons why is it important to be true to yourself. When you follow somebody else's but not your own ideals, you'll always be disappointed in your life no matter what you've attained. You'll always feel sorry you're not the one who controls your own life.
When you restrain yourself from acting your wish, you're blocking your inner power. Consequently, you don't bring anything good in this world, something you actually could. When you decide to follow the herd, you can't feel your own life, you lose your own uniqueness. Judy Garland was right saying: 'Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.'
The fact that people continue to conform makes it even more incredible to see someone stand out against the standards of the crowd. It's a lot easier to follow in other people's footsteps, but the real visionaries never walk down the beaten path and always embrace their own individuality.
No one but you knows best what you really need to be happy. And you should always remember that, because you'll never be able to please yourself if you are constantly trying to please somebody else instead. You should always stand up for what you believe in and not be afraid to show the world your real beauty that makes you one of a kind. Just because everyone else is acting a certain way doesn't mean you have to as well. Have the courage to show other people who you really are and how different you are. This is what commands respect. Honest self-discovery is the way to feel good about being you. Try to get to know yourself, what you believe in, the values that you live by and what makes you special. Express yourself in whatever way that makes you authentic.
There are always people who try to look down on you, just because you aren't like them. But their problem is that they are simply jealous of your strength to show your individual difference. They are jealous because they can't. It doesn't matter if someone thinks you're crazy, as long as you're happy doing what you love.
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