“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

The famous quote goes, ‘you were born an original, don’t die a photocopy’ but sadly, that is exactly what normally happens to most of us. I may be right to say that being famous is one thing and being popular is another, since; most of us really agree with this statement but rarely do we execute it in our lives. The reason behind this scenario may not be a direct one, but in most cases the reason is similar: failing to realize one self, simple.

I personally believe that in each and every one of us lies something unique that differentiates us from the rest. It may be the way we love, the way we treat other people, the way we communicate, the way we perceive things or simply the way we think. Most times when we find ourselves acting different from our peers, the immediate thoughts that come to mind are, ‘Maybe I’m just out of place.’, ‘I think I’m wrong acting this way’ or ‘There is something wrong with me.’ Well, today I’ve come to challenge you to just live your life with no apologies. You don’t have to act, think or speak as they do because at the end of the day, who you are that really counts. The moment you start measuring yourself up with the standards that others have set for themselves, that is the moment you start losing your own standards and at the end lose yourself to them!

There are some people whose lives are a total sum of the choices they ever made, but all based on the comparison between them and their friends. Meaning, they have never sat down and made a personal decision without considering the views and lives of other people. To me, I consider this as the father of all the disasters that will ever occur in one’s life simply because, if you ever lose the true you to someone else, then your life will be a total replica of theirs, thus all the potential you ever had will end up rotting in you six feet under…what a disaster it would be!

                              “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second                       rate version of someone else.”Judy Garland

We are living in times where the only people whose success counts at the end of the day are the ones who stand their ground even when threatened to move. These are the ones who have the say in their own lives and it’s only their approval and God’s own that matter. These kinds of people choose to talk up on themselves while others are busy talking down on them. They simply live their lives, their way and with no apologies.

Choose today to stand out from the rest by affirming your personal, well-thought of principles and don’t compromise your identity in any given scene. Don’t entertain things that contradict your standard or try to brush off your way of doing things. You were created to be you, so just be YOU!