Be Yourself – everyone else is already taken is a quote attributed to playwright Oscar Wilde. He may be best known for the book The Picture of Dorian Gray, a story transformed into video many times over, with this link to the most recent version.
Within the story of Dorian Gray we see the perceptions of a man who trades his soul for eternal youth, seeing over time the consequences of his actions.
This story is fictional, and filled with thought-provoking ideas that challenge our beliefs.
Challenging our beliefs – Is this a good thing, or does it lead us down a darkened path?
What makes fiction believable? How many of our “facts” and what we call reality are infused with fiction?
Writers like Oscar Wilde, aka Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, have done more than entertain us. They have presented us with a smorgasbord of perceptions and ideas to feast upon. What have we done with these stories and ideas? We have challenged what we have been told, and believe is our reality. We have begun a journey into seeing things maybe just a little bit differently.
What happened to Dorian Gray? He made a choice to defy the rules of normal life, and paid a horrible price. And so comes the moral of the story, leaning toward accepting things the way they are, whether we like it or not. It’s all for our own good. Our desires, we were told, would lead us into sinful ways. Is this true? Perhaps it could be a partial truth, or maybe it is a deception with a hidden purpose to keep things under control. Maybe we should accept the wisdom and teachings of others. Or are we intended to outgrow the lessons of life and trust in our own instincts and wisdom to make the right decisions?
Can you be yourself, and still live completely under the umbrella called “normal”? Is it possible to be yourself and still be a part of the world around you?
It’s fashionable to be yourself!
How many individuals follow the trends of fashion, the latest electronic devices, and take part in sustaining what is said to be the most popular choices in entertainment? Is that “being yourself”?
You could say that all those little pieces that make you who you are are a collection of your image, ideas, and likes. You know, those things you post on your Facebook wall, share on Instagram or Pinterest. “This is who I am, in a way that we can relate.”
All of these “things” fall into the category of social, but do they also define you, showing the world how you manifest your ability to be yourself? What exactly is it to “be yourself”?
Be Yourself – The Intuitive Side
Let’s talk a minute about the yin and yang of this world, how two things seemingly opposite are complimentary to one another. Nothing in this world is one-sided. It’s our similarities and differences, our individuality and connectivity, that makes life meaningful.
Individuality – It’s more than just feeling good about ourselves, it’s also how we express ourselves, what we share with others. How do we celebrate our individuality with others? Through compassion and understanding. How we identify with what we see. We celebrate by connecting with one another through our similarities. But wait, doesn’t that negate the whole idea of individuality?
One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie Stranger than Fiction:
“Anarchists have a group? … They assemble? … Wouldn’t that defeat the whole purpose?”
Have you ever known someone who does everything they can to “fit in”? Aside from sustaining the ego boost of whoever they were mimicking, what did they contribute? Could you feel their presence? Did they stand out in your memories, or ever give you one of those ah-ha moments that caught you off guard, in a good way?
Being yourself is not a lonely place, as some might think. It is combining both the individual little ideas that bubble up from your being through your interconnectivity with others in a way that they can relate. You can call these moments many things: inspirational, thought-provoking, deep, but you will likely never hear it described as boring.
Individuality – your ability to be yourself, celebrating the wisdom and creativity of the soul.
Let me know what you think, and share your thoughts on how you “be yourself”. Is it something you are, or something you express?
These are just a few of my thoughts and ideas on how to be yourself, and own your individuality. I’ve even offered a link to my own Pinterest board, you’ll find it mixed into the story up above. This modern form of sharing is one of many real way to connect with others and show them your abilities.
As for me, I relish the intuitive side of life, how powerful it is to be yourself from the inside out. The stronger we are on the inside the more we are able to endure whatever comes our way.
How do you strengthen that intuitive part of you? Through awareness, clarity, and self expression of our most valuable self.
What steps do you take? It’s a personal journey focused on finding your own intuitive meaning, combining your own inner impressions with support through intuitive clarity.
Be Yourself – Everyone else is already taken © 2013 Estee Taschereau. About the author: Intuitive Meaning founder Estee Taschereau is a Perception Specialist™, guiding individuals into clarity and self-appreciation through individual Perception Sessions™. Estee expresses her spiritual alliance and creativity in writing, photography, marketing, and even when walking the dog.
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