Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken.
October 23, 2015
LIFE’S A JOURNEY. That’s all.
And living it has a lot of forks in the road.
Don’t worry about which fork to take.
Neither of them is very straight, and all of them have potholes, and bridges washed out, and most have dead ends. But the joy of life is taking the wrong road and beginning again and sometimes even building new roads to follow.
My own life would have been easier if I had learned in college what I’ve picked up from those I admire most.
Here are the twenty-one guideposts that can make a difference in your journey.
I’ve known people who have spent thousands in therapy and didn’t get this much help to lead them along their way:
From Dr. Seuss: Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
From William Purkey: You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.
From Albert Einstein: Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.
From Bernard M. Baruch: Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
From Oscar Wilde: Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
From Mahatma Gandhi: Be the change you wish to see in the world.
From Marcus Tulius Cicero: A room without books is like a body without a soul.
From Mae West: You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
From Robert Frost: In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.
From Elbert Hubbard: A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
From Friedrich Nietzache: Without music, life would be a mistake.
From Dr. Martin Luther King: Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.
From Ralph Waldo Emerson: To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
From Mahatma Gandhi: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
From Oscar Wilde: To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. That is all.
From Albert Camus: Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
From Mark Twain: If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
From Maya Angelou: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
From Marilyn Monroe: I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
From H. Jackson Brown, Jr: Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
From Apple, Inc.: Here’s to the crazy one. The misfits. The Rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
I will read more.
And I’m sure I will learn more as time goes by.
But this is enough to help me find my place in the world and understand the importance of hanging around the storytellers who are crazy enough to change the world with their words.
Caleb Pirtle III is the author of Little Lies.