Don't be afraid to be different

Posted by Dr. Patrice Smith

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." ~Cecil Beaton~

On the path of evolution, we move from being a willing and obedient member of the group to wanting to take control over our own lives. This is a necessary but sometimes difficult transition. At this point we are afraid of being ourselves. But why? why are we afraid of being unique and different. why are we afraid of being individually powerful, and even successful. All of these things stand against the old ways that told us that conformity was right and individualism was wrong. For as long as we possibly can, we tend to make a compromise. We try to live both lives - the dependent tribal life and the independent personal life - as contradictory and opposite as they are. We want approval from others. We want to be accepted and popular. We seek this comfort to overcome our fear and feel more secure. ...So, at times when we conform, we don’t feel the fear of living. But in doing this, we lose the new sense of adventure, discovery, daring and enthusiasm for life that the questioning and questing have brought us. Don't be afraid to be different. Stand out and be you!

Always show the you in you that makes you the you that you are.

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  1. Unknown said...

    I agree why be uniform only because its acceptable and safe, be you, be confident being you, appreciate the difference and uniqueness that is you, and embrace your potential to blossom into a new you as time passes. PKS you are Unique and I like it lol

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