Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
― Oscar Wilde
The first time I read this quote, I was a confused teenager who did not know where she belonged. I was somebody who always felt out of place, tried to mix up with the crowd but failed, every time.
I would fall into the trap of comparing myself with others and end up feeling miserable.
I have a very clear memory of what happened that day! In eighth grade, we were asked to write a paper on “Who am I”, I know, mother of all coincidences! But the next day, my teacher called me and gave me this beautiful poster which said, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” That changed everything for me.
I know it sounds foolish but that was the exact moment when I realised that it is okay to be different from everybody. I realised that not being like my friends does not make me weird.
But when you are a teenager, you take a lot of practice to accept your originality.
For a really long time, I would read that poster before going to bed and immediately after waking up in the morning. That actually helped me a lot!
This quote has also affected my writing,
You can see some of the posts revolving around the same theme, here.
Since then, I have been trying to embrace who I am.
Thank you for reading.
Has any quote ever affected your life?
Everyday Inspiration: Day 5
Hook ’Em With a Quote’