Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Why You Should Be Yourself & Nobody Else

Something I've always struggled with is wishing I was someone else. I'm probably not alone here in saying that there have been times when I've looked on the internet at a gorgeous Instagram superstar and just thought, "Wow. Why can't I just be her?" 

Nowadays, we are constantly bombarded with images of perfect lives, perfect hair, perfect clothes. It's no doubt that most of us, who let's face it, live in pyjamas whenever possible & haven't washed our hair since last week (just me?) can feel a bit disheartened. 

There have been so many times when I have wished to be anything but myself. I have looked in the mirror and struggled to find one thing I like about who I am. As a blogger, it's even easier to let the pressure to be perfect get to you and seeing other people who seem to be perfect gaining success can be even more of a weight. 

But lately, I've had a completely new outlook on this. I've sat down, thought about it and wondered, "Do I really want to be just a copy of her? Why not be the best version of me that I can possibly be?" 

Judy Garland (aka bae) once said, "Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else." 

You know I love my quotes, but this one in particular stood out to me. So what if people love that girl on Instagram? They love her because she is who she is and nobody else is her. I may not look, talk, write, photograph the same as her, but I am me. Who would want another version of the same person, when they already have the original? 

Of course, I'm not saying to never change or adapt or be inspired by other people. Seeing what we love in others is what helps us to discover our own identities. But just remember that while she is the best version of her, you can be the best version of you. Take less time wishing you could be somebody else and use that time instead to improve on the kind of person you want to be. 

At the end of the day, people will appreciate you more for being entirely true to yourself, rather than constantly wishing you could be somebody i As Wreck It Ralph says, "There's no one I'd rather be than me." 


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