August 3, 2010.
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." e.e. cummings
I wish I was somewhere else, doing something else. Anything other than what I'm doing right now. Anywhere but where I'm at right now. Why can't I be somebody else, someplace else, doing something else? Getting something other than what I'm getting right now?
Have these thoughts ever crossed your mind?
Most of us have entertained these 'something else, someplace else' notions at one time or another. Bored with the same old routine, tired of the same old results, we start wishing we were anywhere but where we are right now. We start wishing we were doing anything but what we are doing right now.
We start wanting to do something else, be someone else, go somewhere else; be anywhere else but here.
"Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." Harvey Fierstein
It's easy to look at what others are doing and wish we were doing it too. It's easy to see others going somewhere and wish we were going somewhere ourselves. When we see others having, being and doing all sorts of things that we wish we could have, be and do, it's easy to become frustrated with where you are. And what you are presently doing.
It's only natural to want to have more, be more and achieve more in life. We want a better life. It's indelibly etched into our DNA. And when you're seemingly stuck on the sidelines while others are out there making things happen, it takes the wind out of your sails. After awhile, a deflating, defeating feeling of resentment takes over. You start believing you're not good enough, not smart enough and not talented enough to keep up with the rest of the crowd. And you lose hope. You lose faith.
And needlessly lose out on what you could have - and should have - been.
"There is just one life for each of us: our own." Euripides
Listen up. You don't need to be somebody else, doing something else, going somewhere else to make your dreams come true. As a matter of fact, the ONLY way to make your dreams come true is to BE YOURSELF.
That means doing the things you want to do... not what someone else is doing.
That means being the person you want to become... not trying to be somebody else.
That means going wherever you want to go... not following the footsteps of anyone else.
You need to stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, about where others are going - and start becoming the best person you can possibly be. You need to chase YOUR dreams. You need to passionately pursue YOUR passions. Simply stated, you need to be YOU. The way God made YOU. Doing the things YOU were born to do. Becoming the person YOU are destined to become.
Then and only then will you find the happiness you deserve.
"Dare to be yourself." Andre Gide
Instead of trying to keep up with everyone else, why don't you set your own pace? And go wherever your dreams may lead.
Instead of constantly looking at where everyone else is going, why don't you move in the direction of your own goals and aspirations? And live life on your own terms.
Instead of trying to be like everyone else, why not just be yourself - and blaze your own personal path to glory?
When you quit trying to be somebody else, doing something else somewhere else, you finally free yourself to just be you. I urge you to get out there and be your best. Do your best. Give your best.
And the best shall be yours.
The Bottom Line: Want the best? Then be your best.
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