Be yourself; everyone else is already taken

Just caught the last bit of the movie All about Steve with Sandra Bullock on TV (about the world not always being ready to accept uniqueness…) and thought of a quote by Judy Garland:

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

In theory it sounds great, but being oneself is sometimes a bit of an acquired taste, just like red wine, I’m told. We tend to compare the worst of ourselves with the best of others. And we want the opposite of what we do have: If we’re short, we want to be tall; if we have curly hair, we want straight hair.

Getting to know yourself is a life-long journey.

We also tend to harshly judge ourselves and other people based on a single occurrence, ignoring the context leading up to and shaping that occurrence. Most of the time, people are just doing the best they can at that specific point time.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ursula
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 14:50:27

    Buscaglia wrote once, if you are an Orange and you want to be a Banana, you will allways be a secend class Banana, but you will allways be a first class Orange…

    At that point I gave up to try and be a second class Banana and I stick to what I am. Maybe not a first class Orange, but a first class Ursula :-)))


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