Thursday, December 10, 2009

If You Want to Be You, Be You

Hello Optimists,

It's often said that imitation is the best form of flattery...which I guess is true. It is good to have someone to look up to, to emulate, to serve as a role model for your life, but where is the line drawn between being an admirer and being a pure imitation of someone? We see this imitation all the time. E! has shows on TV that feature the new hot items that celebs are using that allow us to go out and buy them too, so we can be just like them. Why do you think big companies like Nike and Gatorade use professional athletes and celebrities to endorse their products? So consumers will buy them in hopes to be just like them.

Like I said before, it is good to have someone to look up to. But why can't we be our own role model? Why can't we decide to be completely unique, to do something totally different? Why can't we choose Gatorade because we like the taste, not because LaBron James drinks it in a commercial? When I read today's quote, it inspired me to toss aside all of the ideas in my head about who I should be like and concentrate on coming into my own.

Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do. -William Ellery Channing

This really hits the nail on the head. Every single human being has this opportunity, but many choose not to embrace it. How great is it when people step out of the box and do something new! That person has redefined their character as completely their own, and that's why they can live their life to the fullest and why they're so unique. I think we should all strive to set new bounds for ourselves and to have a character of our own. So try it today...don't pay attention to what others are doing, but pay attention to what is true to you. If you want to be you, be you...and no one else.

Keep Smiling,
Optimal Optimist

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