You are who you want to be, who you choose to be. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Because it’s not true. You think that you can’t do something, that it’s just not possible? Well, the impossible happens every day. It’s called life.
You don’t need anyone to tell you that you’re talented enough, strong enough or good enough. You already know deep inside that you are. So, don’t listen to the naysayers. Don’t listen to those who would bring you down. After all, haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate right?
Just be yourself. Be who you want to be, who you chose to be at the moment when you felt most at ease with the world. Let everybody else’s opinions go to hell. It’s your life, not theirs. So, live it. Get out there, do something you’ve always wanted to do, but could never bring yourself to do. Put yourself out there, and let life knock you down. Because it’s in the getting back up that you will find yourself.
And then you will realize, once and for all, that you are good enough, and you always have been. You know who you are, and you know what you want to do.
Because it’s only when you’re at your lowest point, that you start rising again. And then you’ll find that life isn’t as horrible as it seems sometimes. Sure, there’s definitely a lot of pain and suffering up ahead for you; life’s no cakewalk. But you are strong enough to get through it.
To pick a rose, you have to risk being pricked by the thorns. Life wouldn’t be as beautiful as it is without all the petty problems that seem to be so painful to us right now. Without the daily mishaps, the little problems that seem to mar our otherwise perfect days, we wouldn’t really be happy.
The day we realize that, the day we stop focussing on the cloud, and we start noticing the silver lining, that day we will finally realize that everything is going to be okay. We will face a lot of problems over the next few years, but we will also have a lot more happiness than we can imagine or comprehend at the moment. So, it’s time to get started on living that life you keep dreaming about. Blaze your own trails, make your own paths. Be yourself. That is all anyone who really loves you will ever ask of you.
“To be nobody but yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
By Apurva Lodha (Head Editor, Non fiction)