“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night & day, to make you everybody but yourself — means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight — and never stop fighting.” — E. E. Cummings
Yesterday I started (oh yeah, and finished) Brené Brown’s The Gift of Imperfections. After reading Rising Strong, I was like you know what… I’ve found an author that I really enjoy reading (rare!), she really gets me thinking on a deeper level about my everyday life, & she makes it so RELATABLE. She doesn’t come from a viewpoint of “Here is how to live a happier life… 1, 2, 3. Listen to me because I live every day as though it’s rainbows & unicorns!” Instead, she shares her own challenges, struggles, experiences & admits that she still struggles living a wholehearted life, every. single. day.
This quote by E. E. Cummings really struck a chord with me so I wanted to pass it on to you all for some outside thoughts & opinions. We live in a world that is jam packed with media screaming:
“You need to look like this or you aren’t beautiful!”
“You need to weigh this amount or you are fat!”
“If you don’t do what everyone else is doing, you are an outlier!”
All of that could not be more FALSE.
I honestly & truly believe that you’re uniqueness is what makes you BEAUTIFUL.
You are so strong. You are so beautiful. You imperfect. We all are imperfect. No height, weight, clothing size, career path, NOTHING, makes you “perfect” & do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Instead, embrace your imperfections because that is what makes you YOU.
It will be a battle. A never ending battle. Against the media, against critics, possibly those that are your friends or family. Despite that, stand up for what makes you happy. Ultimately, living a life that you are told how to live, will probably not bring you a wholehearted lifetime of happiness.
I challenge you to catch yourself just once (or more) each day saying to yourself: “I wish that I had a body like hers!” “I wish that my eyes were blue.” “Wow… she/he lives the perfect life.” Instead, find something that you absolutely love about yourself. I promise you that there are a million reasons to love yourself. & someone at this very moment is looking at you saying, “I wish that I were her.”
I encourage you to be yourself, despite what others will think of you. Do something for YOU. You are capable of amazing things. Fight the battle of becoming just like everyone else. Today. Tomorrow. Every single day.