There are so many times when we feel like doing something, but stop because we're worried about what people will think. You will never live a happy life unless you accept yourself for who you truly are. Here are some quotes for anyone struggling with that.
'Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.' - Bernard Baruch
This has to be number one as it is one of my favourite quotes of all time! There are always going to be parts of yourself that you worry people will judge you for, but as this quotes says, the people that truly love you won't care about the bits you're worried about. The people that judge you aren't worth your time and the people that love you will be there no matter what.
'I don't want people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.' - Emma Watson
In this world, there is only one person that can decide who you want to be. You. Of course there are going to be times when you just wish you could be like all the others, but who you are is exactly who you're meant to be. People are always going to have their opinions on how you should act and how you should look, but you are the only person that can decide on your life.
'To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes we forget that simple goals are often the best. I say that being yourself is simple, but it's actually very difficult and takes time. We constantly see in the media pictures of how we are supposed to look and people on TV showing us how we are supposed to act. Take what you like from it, but push the rest to the back of your mind. If we were all exactly the same, life would be very boring.
'Never apologise for being yourself.' - Paulo Coelho
Maybe an obvious one, maybe not. I have seen many people apologise for thinking a certain way, or for suggesting an idea of something they think is fun. Never apologise for being you. Most of the time, you will only feel that way with people that aren't true friends. Be proud of who you are. The way you think and what you decide to do is what makes you unique and one-of-a-kind.
'Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive, who is youer than you.' - Dr Seuss
Ending on another of my all-time favourite quotes. There is nobody out there that is the exact same as you and that is pretty amazing. Let's embrace what makes us different, instead of hiding it away and calling it strange. Whatever it is that makes you excited should never be dismissed. Be youer than you were yesterday and continue to be the youest you could possibly be!
By Pia Talbot