Be yourself, no one can ever tell you you're doing it wrong." -James Leo Herlihy
Society is a puzzle and we are all pieces. As pieces, we have our own individual curves, colors, and edges. We have a particular place to be in order to make the picture beautiful. If we try to change our individuality and stick ourselves in the wrong place the end result will be hideous.
Many teenagers want to "fit in" and that is okay as long as you aren't fitting into the wrong place. It becomes a problem when you put on a facade. With so many different influences around, it's easy for teens to soak up certain ideas, styles, or ways. I am guilty of changing myself for friends.
I made three friends with completely different personalities. Friend A had a negative outlook on life, friend B was very shy, and friend C had opinions different than mine. As I got to know each of these people a little more, I formed habits similar to their's. Whenever I was around friend A, I would have a bad mood. Nothing seemed to go right so I complained a lot. If I was with friend B, we'd stand separated from everyone else. We never volunteered or participated. Before meeting friend C, I stuck to my own opinions. Once I got to know her, I changed my opinions of things simply so she would be pleased. My brain was drained after changing myself to meet their needs on a daily basis. When I would hangout with all three of them at once I would completely shut down. I didn't know how to act. Eventually, I realized that my body couldn't take the mental and emotional toll. I decided to be myself around each one of them and see their reactions. It turns out that they all respect my individuality. As I've met more people I've learned that the right people will draw closer to the real you. I didn't always agree with everyone I met and that's fine. The people that were supposed to stay are still here today.
You do not have to change yourself for others or change to fit in. If you stay true to you, the right people will come your way. On a planet with people who strive to be the same, individuality is the step forward. You can be something more than what the majority expects you to be. You were created to do great things and you have a specific mission that no one else can accomplish. Being yourself, embracing your uniqueness, and holding on to self-love will bring great people and success into your life.
Sending out positive vibes, I hope that you all have a wonderful week. I'll give you an easy challenge; be yourself! No one else can do it and you do it best!
By Kaci Hollingsworth
Effort is your best route to success.
Sometimes it is easy to think that your desires and dreams should simply be handed to you. I'll even admit, at one point in my life, I believed this too! However, I've learned that true satisfaction doesn't work that way.
Once I realized my purpose and my career path, I literally waited for something to happen. I had this mindset that the right people and job opportunities would fall at my feet if I was patient enough. As a result, I sat around complaining about why I was still in the same place I had began. I was clearly missing the greatest aspect of success; hard work.
My sophomore year in high school I joined the marching band. Being new to the skill, I had no expectations of it. When we started learning how to march I quickly realized how challenging it was. My band director taught us that "It's the hard that makes it good!" In order to be an awesome marching band, we had to work our way through the difficult things and apply our all when times were easy. Now in my senior year of marching band, I make sure I give my best at all times.
Being your best does not mean that you are better than someone else. You may be more skilled in a particular area, but you shouldn't have a boastful attitude about it. We should encourage others to be their best too! Giving your all and staying dedicated to your assignment and dreams can only result in success.
This past week, I had an audition. I was given a week to prepare for my audition and memorize my monologue. Within that time, I studied my monologue and placed it in my heart. Once it was memorized, I recited it in the mirror working on my facial expressions, changes in emotion, and movement. I made an effort to perform to the best of my ability and I did. When it was time for my audition, I stood in front of everyone and began my monologue. Near the end I started to forget. However, my hard work paid off. All of the practice time I put in improved my skill and I was able to act my way out of the problem. I used improv, on the spot acting, and closed with my last lines. The energy I placed into preparing for my audition not only enhanced my acting skill, it also resulted in a callback. The greatest achievement of the whole experience was seeing my name on the cast list.
Ladies and gentlemen, success is a process that needs effort in order to be obtained. This process isn't always going to be easy, nor will it go exactly as you've planned. However, if you give it your all, you will win in the end. In interviews, most successful people will say that they earned their position by working hard. It's the truth! If their is someone out there who has their goals served to them on a platter, they will not experience the pure fulfillment. So do your best in everything, be patient, stay grateful, and succeed!
Sending out positive vibes, I hope you've had a great Labor Day weekend. I also wish a successful productive life ahead of you! Stay beautiful and blessed Kings and Queens!
By Kaci Hollingsworth