The greatest thing you can do for yourself is to know, understand, accept, be, and love yourself. More than ever before, it has become easier to constantly compare ourselves to others via social media. This has resulted in us living our lives based on other people’s benchmarks of success rather than our own. When external forces pull the strings of our self-worth, we begin a cycle of self-critique, self-hatred, and ultimately select avenues leading to self-destruction.
One of the most sobering realizations I’ve had is that no matter how hard I try to be like someone else, I will never, ever be them. I could dress like them, talk like them, create the same social circle and environment, buy the same things as them, but at the end of the day I am not them. I was relegating myself to a copy, a cheap imitation of someone else rather than proclaiming my own originality and uniqueness.
God has an individual journey for each of us. When we are following in other’s footsteps, we are walking in the opposite direction of our individual journey. Like everything in the universe, every star, tree, and animal is different in its own unique way and that’s the beauty of it all.
There are billions of people in this world meaning there are over a billion paths that are being taken right now. What path are you taken? Are you taking the path that has been laid out in front of you, which has been lived out by generations before you or are you taking the path of self-creation?
There are two paths that an individual can take in life.
On the left-hand side is what you have already seen. The path of everyone before you. The path that provides temporary fulfillment.
The path on the right-hand side is original, inspiring, motivating, and it engages you. This is the path that leads directly to your heart, your soul, and every fiber of your being yearns for this newness.
Deep down inside, you know something is wrong on the left-hand side. You may feel like you are merely imitating life, not living it. This feeling is God’s voice urging you to be the individual He intended you to be, not an imitation of what He already created.
There is beauty in originality. There’s authenticity in originality. There’s inner peace when you are being your true self. Only by being your true self, can you find freedom. The mirror only reflects what’s in front of it so stand tall, be proud, be original, be yourself.