How many of us get lost in this big wide world trying to fit in with family, our workplace or our environment? Who has tried to be the person that they think they should be, but in the process the real YOU becomes hidden? We all have… at some point in our lives… at all ages… felt the uneasy feeling of fitting in and conforming to pressures in society.
The power is in finding yourself again, accepting your unique qualities and allowing yourself to own who you are. From our childhood years, teenage pressures and growing into the adult for all to see… our individuality is somewhat contained until we place value on our own attributes in life.
It is my niece’s birthday today, she is 15. These teenage years place so much pressure on our young ones. I am so proud that she is the mirrored example of accepting her differences and allows her true beauty to shine. I wish we could all have that strength and capability at such a young age… to proudly be the person we truly are.
The pressure of fitting in as a teenager… to be cool, popular and socially acceptable. The pressure that these young people place upon themselves, is disheartening as a parent or caring adult. For teenagers to overcome that pressure and allow their unique or even peculiar personalities to be released… that is where the real strength lies.
My beautiful niece amazes me with her diverse interests in life and her mature attitude towards relationships and interaction. She has a passion for animals, a caring heart, a love for horses and showing cattle. Yet she also likes organisation within her life and she has a gift for cooking. Her attitude to give it a go and commit to doing her best… I find exemplary.
The maturity beyond her years is also inspiring and I hope that the warped sexual maturity of teenagers today is not a negative influence. Our teenagers are forced to grow up too quickly and the mental capacity to embrace this advancement puts far too much pressure on our young ones today. I just hope she can keep true to that individuality in years to come and inspire others to be true to themselves as well.
Children and adults alike, we all sometimes tend to re-shape our personality to assimilate the norm and be accepted in a judgemental world. Strangely enough, with being divergent… we don’t really need to conform to societal pressures, as our unique qualities are what makes us all special and adds value to the people around us.
Sadly, it can take years or decades for us all to realise our real potential, value and purpose in this world. We need to teach our children and grand-children early, to accept their differences and realise their own significance which allows their passion in life to develop naturally.
Never sacrifice who you truly are… because somebody else may have a problem with it. Be true to yourself… and be comfortable in your own skin and in your own mind. Understand who you are and accept those beautiful unique attributes that you bring to life. Authenticity inspires respect… so be courageous and own who you really are.
We are all a work in progress, regardless of our age. As each year passes, our passion or interests may vary, our purpose may alter… but be true to the person you are and shine light on our world. By being yourself and sharing love, kindness and compassion… you reclaim your power to make a positive difference in your life and the life of those around you. Be PROUD of who you are!
Take care, Karen.
“Your self-worth is determined by you.
You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”