Be Yourself.

An anonymous blog encouraging you to be yourself, and become everything that you wish to be.  Do not be trapped by other people's thinking.  You know yourself better than anyone else.  Better than your significant other, family, friends, teachers, etc.  People who care for you care for your security and stability, not for your dreams and passions.  Realize that.  They do not know any better.  Only you know what you truly desire.  Only you know what makes you feel good.  Only you know what excites you.  You know what it is you truly wish to be.  No one else understands you like you do.  Break free from the boundaries set in place by the opinions and judgments of others.  Take a risk, and be yourself.
Aug 17
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It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out where the strong man stumbled, or where a doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, and who comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. The man who at best knows the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold timid souls who never knew victory or defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States (1901-1909)
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Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
— Harvey Fierstein
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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
— Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement speech (2005)
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Steve Jobs Stanford University commencement speech (2005).

Aug 16
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Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to hide them.
— Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)
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Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
— St. Francis De Sales
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Also known as “Wear Sunscreen” and “Sunscreen Speech”. Originally the essay “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” by Mary Schmich published in the Chicago Tribune in 1997.