Never let the world change who you are

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don’t let the sun go down on me (Photo credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³)

In many instances, our calling comes once we are removed from everyday routine–when we have the opportunity to listen to what authentically moves us inside.” — David A. Shapiro

Remember that little child you once were?  Yes, that one.  That little kid really did know a lot more than you give him or her credit for.  More than likely, if raised in a somewhat functional home, you knew right from wrong.  You knew how real friends were supposed to behave.  You knew what was important to you and what values you stood for.  And, you knew what you wanted to be when you grew up, no doubt an accumulation of all of the “good” qualities of the above plus what you would do for an actual occupation.  You wanted to change the world. 

But more than likely, as you grew and matured, you let the world begin to change you, little by little.  Those super neat-o shoes you always loved and were so proud of?  They went to the back of the closet, never to be worn again, as soon as that kid in your second grade class made fun of them.  Those swear words your parent(s) wisely instructed you to never utter?  They joined your vocabulary as soon as heard other kids using them and wanted to ‘be somebody’ in their eyes.  And, as you continued to grow up, no doubt you encountered a time or two (or more) when your heart or gut tried to help you make a decision, but you ignored it to instead follow the advice or desires of another. 

That saddens me.  Because you were created so perfectly.  Knit together in your mother’s womb, you were destined to be somebody great.  Somebody who stood up for who they were, whether or not it fit in with the status quo of the times.  You weren’t meant to be just like the rest.  All it takes is one brief peek at any of the headlines across the world to see that the rest don’t exactly have things figured out, anyway.  Inside of you, today, is still that unique person.  You just need to search for that lost soul, and find you – who you really are.  Without all the extras, without all the subtractions, just you.  You’re in there yet, I promise.  And who you really are is awesome.

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