be yourself – everyone else is already taken


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“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

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You may have come across this quotation which is attributed to Oscar Wilde. Quite wise really, if we think about it.

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If we look around, we often see people imitating others, wanting to be told how they should be or what they should do. There are so many outside influences these days telling us how to dress, what we should look like, what we should and shouldn’t eat – the list is endless.

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Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong in asking for help or guidance; in fact, sharing our own experience helps us all learn and move forward.   On top of that, to varying degrees, we all want to be wanted, liked, to be “part of the club”, to feel we belong.

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However, ultimately, we are all individuals. No matter how close we are to family and friends, we are all different.  We may share common experiences and values, but how we feel is different for each one of us.

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Our individuality makes us special and I think we should celebrate that.   We all have our own journey to make, which is exciting and scary at the same time, as we have the freedom to be who we want to be, to make our own choices, whilst accepting the responsibilities this brings.

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I make it sound simple. For some of us it is, whilst, for others, it is more challenging.

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We all have our own ways of coping with life’s challenges. Yoga is my not so secret helper.  Fundamentally, yoga is about enabling us to be who we really are.  So often do I hear people say they couldn’t possibly practise yoga as they are not very flexible, cannot touch their toes, etc, etc.  And my answer is that you don’t have to be!   It’s all about getting in touch with your breath, your body and your mind, getting to know them all a little better, to broaden your awareness of them all and to open up a horizon of possibilities that you may not even have been aware existed!

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So I’ll close where I started….

“Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.”

… and see what marvels you discover!!

 

©  Sarah Swan (October 2016)

 

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