“The best advice I’ve ever heard is don’t take anyone else’s advice.”
We were all created unique, one of a kind, with individual interests, personalities, strengths and weaknesses. However, these special and important gifts often get lost within the crowd. Too many people are copying what others are doing, instead of making an investment in being their own authentic selves. It is much easier to let the world decide who you are, rather than stand up and choose for yourself.
Most of the time, peer pressure and following the crowd is talked about in adolescence, not in adulthood. But here we are, learning and figuring out our own ways to parent, succeed and enjoy our lives, without being influenced by the overwhelming advice of others.
When it comes to being authentic, I always think of the television show “Friends.” Each character is so different, yet they bring their own dynamic to the show. Sure Monica is controlling, obsessed with cleaning and has an extreme type A personality, but without her, things wouldn’t be as clean, food wouldn’t be well stocked and holiday get togethers probably wouldn’t happen. This is the same for all of us. If we don’t bring our own quirks and flaws out into the world, a unique dynamic will be missing.
In the end, it doesn’t matter the cleanliness of your home, how fit you are, what you eat, or how you spend you time. What matters is that you own and take pride in those choices knowing you made them for yourself. You will know you are on the right path because you’ll probably upset a lot of people along the way by not following or listening to their advice, rules or ways of living. That’s okay, the world does not need anymore boring, limited, one-size-fits-all types of people or thinking. The world needs people who are alive, and full of passion, from being authentically and unapologetically themselves.