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Be Yourself and Stand By Your Principles

It sometimes feels like we spend our whole lives trying to fit in and blend with the crowd in order to be accepted.  However at the end of the day it’s our individuality that defines who we are and, for better or worse, necessarily sets us apart from everyone else.  In the history of the world there was never anyone like you in the past, there is no one like you right now, and there will never be another one like you in the future.  Do not try to be somebody you are not.  Never forget that you are unique; celebrate the uniqueness that is you.

Some wise words have been said about one’s individuality:

  • “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Everyone tells you what to do and what’s good for you.  They don’t want you to find your own answers.  They want you to believe theirs.” – Socrates
  • “You don’t have to defend or explain your decisions to anyone.  It’s your life.  Live it without apologies.” – Mandy Hale
  • “Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.” – Will Smith

If I may, I’d like to paraphrase and consolidate some words of wisdom credited to the anonymity of the common man, too:

  • In a world full of people expecting something from us, remember the most important person you have to please is yourself.  And no matter how good a person you are there will always be someone criticizing you.
  • Never explain yourself to anyone.  Because the person who likes you doesn’t need it, and the person who dislikes you won’t believe it.  Besides, as it has been said, a lion never loses sleep over the opinions of sheep.  Also, life is not about who’s real to your face, it’s about who’s real behind your back.
  • It’s not who you are that’s holding you back, it’s who you think you’re not.  Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be.  You will never influence the world by trying to be like it.
  • If you will not stand for something then you will fall for anything.

Closely related to your identity are the principles by which your life will either stand or fall.

Don’t give up on your principles too easily.  Unless there is glaring proof on the contrary, stand by what you believe even in the midst of persecution, which is especially to be expected if you stand on the side of God, choosing to continue to please Him rather than get the approval of your fellow man.

Strive to be consistent with who you are and what you believe.  In a world where we’re expected to comply with the principles of the noisy mob, being who you are and upholding traditional values that are derided by the world is literally the most counter-cultural thing we could ever do.

The fight we put up to defend what we stand for defines and upholds who we are.  This is not a case of just being defensive or overly-sensitive to the reproach of the mob.  In this world, no one else will defend us except ourselves.  This is especially true in the face of persecution for our identity and beliefs.

This world will test your character and push you to the limit.  For the love of God and for the sake of your identity, do not give up.  Fight!  It will be a difficult fight, but it’s one that’s absolutely necessary.  You might find yourself down at times but never out of the fight.

Last but never the least don’t give up on God too easily, too.  You are never alone in facing the challenges of life.  He will give you the strength to carry on.  In the end, everything will be alright.

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