Just being yourself, being who you are, is a successful rebellion.
Develop and express your individuality. If your preferred way of doing something strays from the mainstream and produces positive outcomes, then be proud of it. Be a character, not a type. The better you express yourself, the easier it is for the people who like you as you are to find you. Those that have a problem with your individuality need to just steer clear, for it is their problem, not yours. When you try to be the person someone else wants you to be, you give your image portrayal way too much power and reduce your own worth based on a mirage. Value the person you are, love your personality, and embrace your flaws. We all have them.
All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself. ~Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal”
Follow your own style. Standing out is a difficult choice to make, but you need to avoid being who someone else wants you to be. Whatever you are, accept it. Being different is absolutely beautiful and it attracts people to you. Don’t let people change you. Smile and embrace your individuality, and others will, too.
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Originally posted 2012-01-17 18:27:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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