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"With all its shame, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world…Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."

— Max Ehrmann

Monday, October 25, 2010

Who you are vs. Everyone Else

Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote: No man, for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true..

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting”

In high school, on pep squad, there was  this chant, " Let's Go.... Let's Fight... Let's Win...Let's Go, Let's Fight, Let's Win Tonight."

So much of our time is spent trying to fit in with what everyone wants of us, who they want us to be, what they want us to do. I use to think that only girls have the problem of losing themselves in order to fit, but I have come to find out that all of us at some time , try to fit in the puzzle  that is someone else's game. We shave away the pieces of ourselves in order to fit in, and be noticed ( Square peg, round hole) losing our authentic selves in an effort to be pleasing.. I know first hand what that can do to someone, and how awful it is to look in the mirror and not recognize the person looking back at you. It's a long road back to who you really are, if you go long enough  being someone you're not.

This is in addition to the previous post from an hour or so ago... I'm doing a lot of pondering today... so this is what I can share. 


“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”


B said...

You have NO idea how much this relates to my life right now. Thank you so much Chell. I love you.

michelle said...

oh Britt, I love you so much cousin... shall we ride together to Portland?

the best christmas present ever!

the best christmas present ever!


There is no use trying, said Alice; one can't believe impossible things. I dare say you haven't had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

I am the queen and this is my year, and nothing, NOTHING is impossible

the family dog....so spoiled...but look at his face!

the family dog....so spoiled...but look at his face!