I have been asked to partake in a 3 Day quote challenge by radhikagaur.wordpress.com so please be sure to circle back to my nominators blog for more insight. Thank you again for kindly including me and for allowing me to feel empowered to know that my message matters.
The rules are simply and short:
Thank your nominator and link back to their blog
Write three quotes total, one for each day out of the three
Nominate three fellow bloggers each day, nine total
I am moving on to day 2 of this challenge and again I contemplate what words I want to leave you with. I selected a quote that ones again hits home for me and is learned through personal experience.
And here it is…..
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner” Lao Tzu
Chances are that we will never see eye to eye with every individual that crosses our path and some incidents will leave us with painful memories and hurtful experiences. I think it matters what others think of us and deep down we want to please our fellow humans. I find a common ground with you wanting to be acknowledged, to contribute to society, perhaps even know that your input brings some value to the table. And while we should never stop this pursuit, I also know that there will be criticism and deaf ears at some point. What are you going to do when that happens? When your vulnerable heart is left disappointed, shattered and hurt during that moments of rejection!!!
Unfortunately I have witnessed many people change, (including myself, initially and to a point) to become something or somebody according to the image of what they thought society wanted them to be. With different opinions they were rejected, didn’t fit the norm, while others found it hard to relate, nor were they interested in taking the time to get to know those who were different.
It left two choices. Either become an outsider, perhaps an introvert at some point, or lose their own beliefs and side with the popular opinion in an attempt to fit in.
It is human nature to look for acceptance, but witnessing such rejection left me feeling sad. I saw more and more of their true nature disappearing in an effort to please others and my decision and choice was born in those moments. A painful process that leaves so much more to be said and evokes the question of which path is the right one for us to travel.
You may stand for the minority by standing on your own, but there are those that need the “True you”. It may be
painful at times, but I wonder what is left if it requires you to lose your uniqueness in order to fit in. A prize I am not willing to pay. We become enslaved in the prison of our own creation and you decide if this is your life’s purpose….
My three nominees are…