If you are with a group of friends and you find yourself being quiet or extra loud, or getting contradicted for most things you do or say, or embroidering your tales with extras to get a good reaction from them, stop. You aren’t being yourself. You are a boundless, infinite, and interesting person. Everyone is.
But if you cover up those quirky bits of your personality, the smallest and the weirdest things that make you up, and dismiss your true emotions to get accepted by your friends, you are living a life of lies. I’m not talking about not aiming for self improvement. I’m only saying you needn’t change your personality to fit in anywhere.
I mean, look at a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece has its place. Each piece is weirdly shaped. But no piece can substitute for any other piece. We are all jigsaw puzzle pieces, trying to find our place. But we are all unique. (The sentence has an oxymoron hint to it, don’t you think? 🙂 )
When you are with people who love you for being you, the confidence you achieve is astonishing. The feeling is liberating. You were born to create a story. Your very own story. And as the author, you have every right to be original. All we have to worry about is whether we are adding something positive to the world and doing our bit.
So don’t live to impress anyone. That does not make you feel better. Don’t expect too much from anyone else either. Only expect things from yourself. Find your true calling, hang on to it, and hang on to those brilliant and wonderful people who help you hang on to it every bit of the way.
I’d love to know what you think. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. 🙂