KRUPA D. (14)
St Columban’s A. I. Hr. Sec. School, Chennai
“So, you’re a little weird? Work it! A little different? Own it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd.”
— Mandy Hale
We always want to be like someone else, someone who is smarter, fairer, richer, or like someone who has a better wardrobe collection! In the pursuit of achieving what we don’t have, we lose the treasure that we have. There’s only one life given to us, one precious opportunity given to prove ourselves. We should never waste it pleasing people but instead by fixing our talents and strengths.
“A person who follows the crowd will never go further than the crowd,” said Albert Einstein. Sometimes things are done only because everyone else is doing it! We become the follower when we were supposed to lead. The fact is sheep and goats move in herds but tigers and tigresses always go out alone! It is up to you to decide if you want to be the echo or the voice.[perfectpullquote align=”right” color=”#d3d9ce” class=”rblog” ]Become your own best friend, because the more you like yourself the less you are like anyone else.[/perfectpullquote]
Anybody can become ‘Number One’ (by hard work) but it takes a special person to be the irreplaceable ‘Only One’. Being bold is the first step towards uniqueness. Falling in love with yourself is one of the best things that can happen to you. Become your own best friend, because the more you like yourself the less you are like anyone else. Only if you stand out from others you will achieve what others are not achieving.
The Classmate ad correctly says ‘You are one of a kind’. All of us are blessed equally and in different ways. We start comparing and grumbling if we feel that someone else has a better version of your talent, but you will definitely have some other skill which that other person may not have. Try fixing that, and stick to your track instead of worrying about someone else running on some other track.
Be responsible for yourself. If others aren’t telling you that you are great, tell yourself, “I’m great because I’m myself, I’m wonderful and worthwhile.” Never hide behind the shadows of fakery and deception.
There are many things that others your age don’t do, like caring for a stray dog or a cat or playing a musical instrument. At a party if you wish to dress up differently from others, do so. If you want to climb a mountain or explore a desert instead of becoming an engineer, go ahead.
Since you are so unique why not celebrate that fact? Dare to be your own person and stop caring about how people perceive you. With your head held high proudly say, “I’m not fake and I’m unwilling to brake, get used to what you see because I’m going to be me.”
This article has been published in the February 2016 issue of The Teenager Today.