“If only I was everything that I’m not.”

I’m sure most of us, especially teenagers and young adults, have had this thought once in our lives.

We yearn to be something that we are not, something that we think is ‘better’ than what we are now.

Maybe, we want to be fitter, prettier, kinder, braver… and the list goes on and on. So, we look up to people who have achieved that, people who we think is the epitome of whatever we aren’t. We aspire to be them.

We want to be them because we think that it will make our lives so much better, one way or another.

But unfortunately, we fail to realise that even though we do not have what they have, we have what they don’t have, in some way that is only unique to us.

I know. That sounds pretty lame but what I’m trying to say here is that the combined effects of your nurture and nature lead to who you are today. There’s no one else and will never be anybody else that will be you. You are you, end of story. Those combined effects of your nature and nurture also blessed you with skills, emotions, experiences that only you have. Maybe even things that only you can do.

For example, not everyone can sing but does that stop people from trying to sing or put non-singers down and give up on life? No. Non-singers might soon realise that maybe they’re blessed with different skills such as playing the drums, composing or even doing something else entirely. Things that maybe, those singers wished that they could do.

So, what I’m saying here is this, embrace your individuality, embrace you.



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