The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~
Just as you cannot love anyone else until you love yourself, you cannot be true to anyone else until you are true to yourself. Have the courage to accept yourself as you really are, not as someone else thinks you should be. Do not pretend to be someone else for the sake of gaining acceptance. When you act in a way that is not genuine or the real you, you will not be happy with yourself and will end up confused. Self-respect comes from being true to who you really are and from acting in accordance with your fundamental nature.
Let your individuality shine through. Don’t follow those that you do not agree with because they are trying to bully you into following. When you respect yourself, others will respect you. They will sense that you are strong and capable of standing up for yourself and your beliefs. Those who are the most successful in life have dared to creatively express themselves. Be the best you can be, respect yourself and each other. Happiness is just around the corner.
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