“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~Oscar Wilde
It’s hard to believe that anyone in the modern, consumer world would even consider for a second not being him or herself, especially considering the constant barrage of marketing and media that carries the message: “Be yourself!!”
Unfortunately, this individualist message is usually qualified with: “Be yourself … by buying this!! It will let you really be you!!’” – Who would have guessed that being yourself – the one thing that should really be assured from the moment of birth – could be so expensive and require such ostentation?
Despite growing up in a world that begets cynicism more easily than it begets strength of character, there is still a place for the more optimistic tenets of existentialism, and it is still important that we remember that the quick road to comfort may be conformity, but the long journey to happiness is paved with curiosity, perseverance, and self-actualization.
That being said, if you are really way too far off the beaten path, you may want to reign in your impulses for the best of yourself and those around you – I’ll let you make the call!
Anyway, here are some terrific reads that may inspire you toward realizing your potential and breaking those tired, familiar molds:
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