One of my favorite quotes is “Be you. The world will adjust.” My Grandpa used to tell me that the rest of the world will take care of themselves, you do what you need to do for you. I know that sounds a little narcissistic, but he didn’t mean it that way, and neither do I. I’ve taken this idea with me over the years. It’s not selfish and it’s not wrong to do what’s best for you, as long as you’re not doing what’s best in a wrong or selfish way.
There is a difference between self-care and being selfish. I think it’s also important to be unapologetically yourself. We’re all unique and it’s all good to embrace yourself for who you are! That doesn’t mean we’re perfect. We all make mistakes. But there’s difference between being yourself in a “rude” way, and simply embracing your quirks.
Don’t be like everyone else. Be you. Live life on your terms. Take risks regardless of what other people think. Ask the person out, even if you think there’s no way they’ll say yes. Say no if you don’t want to. Say yes to opportunities you do. Be honest. Be authentic. Be vulnerable.
Dance like nobody’s watching (as cliche that sounds) even though you know people are watching and some are definitely judging, but the people that are, are not your people.
Be you. The world will adjust.
And I think it’s hard to live with that mindset sometimes. I’m not always confident in who I am, but I also don’t know how to be anyone other than me. Which I guess is a good thing because being fake isn’t me either.
It took me a long time to recognize that it’s okay to be me. People don’t have to like me, and I don’t have to care. The same goes for how I feel about them, though I do try to give people the benefit of the doubt and not judge. I don’t dislike people unless they’ve given me a valid reason to. And even then, my first instinct is to be kind.
Total side note, but I wish the world was like this more, especially right now. I mean I’m not a saint, ha, not even close, but I just wish people chose kindness.
Why be mean when we can all choose kindness? Everyone is going through something. We don’t have to see eye to eye to get along. And we’re all learning and growing everyday; I like to think trying to become better people in general. It’s all a part of life.
And whether we like it or not, we all live in this world together during this time, so this is not just our personal life journey, but a journey we’re all on. In a way.
So let’s help one another instead of hate each other.
Don’t be like everyone else. Just be you. Because everyone else is just learning how to be them, too. If we all stopped worrying about what other people thought, I think we’d all be a lot more comfortable just being who we are.
We share this world and we can’t live alone. So why not try to be lights in darkness? Lift people up, not tear them down. Encourage people to embrace who they are just like you would want them to do for you. We’re all in this crazy life together, right?
Hi! My name is Rachel. I love to write. Write about life, love, and reflect on how the past builds the future. Mostly, I love to tell stories because I believe there is something about stories that brings the world closer together. You can check out some of my writing reflections here at Rachel Writes.