The Importance of Being Yourself

The Importance of Being Yourself

Because an original is always better than a copy
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We often hear the corny lines of "be yourself everyone else is already taken" or "the original is worth more than the copy," but sometimes we don't actually think about the importance of what it truly means to be yourself. Although being yourself is incredibly important, we have to remember that change is also natural, so over time, we might become different people- not because we want to be like others, but because this is how life has made us.


1. When you are yourself you are most confident.

Let's think about this one. When you wear clothes that make you feel the best and look that best you feel on top of the world, but let's say you start wearing clothes that don't make you comfortable or feel good just because someone else is wearing them you won't feel as confident. Imagine putting on shoes that are two sizes too small, they obviously won't make you feel good and the same thing goes if they are too big. You'll be tripping and falling the whole time.

2. If you make mistakes and bad decisions you'll always have roots to fall back on to find yourself again.

Everyone messes up, some very little and I'm extremely jealous of you, but some make a lot of mistakes whether they are very small or large and completely life altering. If you never formed your own original self there will be nothing to fall back on to try again. You won't be able to back to your own morals, boundaries, or goals because they were never yours to begin with.

3. You will never truly be happy if you aren't yourself.

By always conforming to others it is impossible to be happy. You are constantly thinking about what others think about you because you may not act or dress like them. By not being yourself you are just trying to make others happy, how can this make you happy? This will decrease your confidence, sense of self, and even make you very insecure.

4. Being yourself makes you special.

Think of what the word special means; unique, different, or even precious. By being special you are one of a kind, you stand out in a crowd (and yes THAT IS A GOOD THING!), and honestly it makes you much less of a boring person because you have so many different thoughts and ideas compared to everyone else.

5. If no one was ever different from the crowd how would anything in the world change?

If people weren't different from one another who would set trends, have new creative ideas, or even change the world. Okay the last one is a stretch, but if someone like Steve Jobs didn't think differently than someone like Bill Gates we wouldn't have half of the technology we do today. This can be applied to everything whether its medicine, food, music, or even clothes.


Just because you should be yourself doesn't mean you can't like or do the same things as other people. If you really love a certain type of music and its popular doesn't mean you that you aren't being yourself. This means you are listening to this music because you like it not because everyone else likes it and that's what matters the most. That you are yourself.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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My Love-Hate Relationship with Starbucks

This is my oh so wonderful experience at Starbucks during the week of midterms.

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When I usually go to Starbucks, I typically get the same type of drinks: carmel macchiato, chai tea latte, chestnut praline chai tea latte (which sadly is only a holiday drink), or a shaken black tea lemonade with light ice. However, sometimes a person just gets bored drinking the same three drinks over and over, so I thought, "Hey! lets get out of our comfort zone here pal and try something new." So I did I walked my tired stressed out self to Starbucks 10 minutes before my next class and ordered a tall cinnamon shortbread latte, I mean the description and other peoples comments about it made it sound super good.


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As I was waiting for my drink I noticed that one of the baristas was having some issues with some type of syrup, but I thought that they would refill it and then add what they need, and that one probably wasn't even mine. When they did that, I saw them get a new jug of syrup and I went back onto my phone and to try and plan how I was going to get through this midterms week.

Quick info about midterms: everyone is dead, and everyone is stressed. Us college students literally live off of caffeine during midterms week. If you're lucky like me you are at school from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., so the caffeine is really needed.


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Now soon after I saw the new jug come, my name was called. I grabbed my drink and walked like the walking zombie I was to my next class. I went in for my first drink I was so excited to have this sweet taste of vanilla, cinnamon and coffee...but what I got was the opposite. It literally tasted like a very burnt somewhat coffee and cinnamon edible without the marijuana affects, or for the non-edible people, a very bad tasting cookie that was missing all the sugar. I was not a happy camper one bit, but I was going to drink it anyway because I payed $4 for this coffee. I struggled drinking this during my writing class because it tasted terrible, but then out of no where I got this hit of sweet — I was drinking the sweet vanilla and the sweet cinnamon part of my drink minus the majority of the coffee since I was 3/4 done with the drink. I was seriously crying on the inside because I didn't get to enjoy this drink the way I needed.


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Then the realization hit me: 1. They probably didn't add in the missing parts of the syrup once it got refilled since they suddenly got busy. 2. They did not stir that drink one bit because all the syrup was literally at the bottom of the cup. If they did these, then the problem wouldn't have happened.

This is not the first time this has happened to me having all the syrup at the bottom of the cup at a Starbucks. Its not like I am able to swish it around myself because it is full to the top and I don't want hot coffee poured or splashed on my hand. Also, most people are on-the-go while they are drinking their coffee or doing other things. I have only had this issue at Starbucks and never at any other place have I had this issue like Anthem Coffee.


So can Starbucks just agree to always mix their drinks? So that the zombie college kids during midterms have good coffee to keep them alive?


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