“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.”
Let me start by saying, I’m venting. This is an old article that I completely forgot to post. Herein lies my inspiration for this vent.
It’s difficult to teach the concept of being yourself to children when there are educated professionals telling people it’s not about your skills, you just have to look “safe enough…don’t scare your counterparts”. To me that translates as “you won’t be good enough unless you look like ‘them'” – individuality is out the door and discrimination enters with mind frames like that. Those with a mindset such as that should put the unnecessary energy exerted on physical appearances toward preparing the young women and men for the future that will reject them at times no matter how hard they try to “fit in”.
Dr. Steve Perry states, “Success in life is determined by where you end, not where you start.” Encourage young people to be well-rounded, persevering, open-minded, scholars…not conforming-robots that do whateva massah says and wind up living a life that brings little substance to their lives because they were trying so hard to be someone else.
We have enough misguided youth who have no sense of who they are. Be part of the solution, not the problem.
“Train up a child in the way the he should go.” Proverbs 22:6