This one has real meaning for me. I know that in my life, I have spent too much time trying to copy the people that I admire and respect. Cutting my hair like them, dressing like them, picking up on their words and phrases. It was much worse when I was younger and so insecure with the girl that I was, and even more insecure with the young woman I was becoming.
The sad part is that inside, I am still sometimes that girl. I still want to be liked. I want people to admire me and my family. I want to be like the other families in our small community, that everyone looks up to. I want my children to be liked, respected and popular. Intellectually, I know that popularity isn't everything, but in this community, it really seems to make or break the kids. People here think that bullying doesn't go on in our town or our schools. We are talking really big city here. My daughters graduating class two years ago was 31 students. So, I think that bullying is even harder in a small town. If you are not with the in crowd, than you are out, and no one will be your friend.
It breaks my heart to watch my girls go through this. It causes so many emotional problems. My love isn't enough for them. They want the acceptance of their peers.
I have grown older (yep, think grey) and now it is not so important to me what "everyone" thinks. The elusive "everyone" really does not exist. It still matters what they say though. For some reason, it is not what is done that is the most difficult for me to handle, it is what is said. I remember the words long after the deeds.
I am content with just a few close friends. I think if I had any more than that, the guilt of not being able to be there for "everyone" would overwhelm me. I am very grateful for my friends who support me and help me through the hard times. I am not as grateful for those whom I thought were my friends, but they turned out differently. I suppose High School lives on in some peoples lives. As for me, I am so glad that part is long over.
The reason I love the quote above is because it reminds me that Heavenly Father made me who I am. He did not make me to be another Mary or Martha or Eve. He made me and placed me in this place because I can do some good. I can learn and grow and become more like Him. He does not ever want us to be "everybody else". He has always intended that we would be ourselves, with our own talents and blessings. Most important of all, He loves us exactly how we are right now. With our makeup off, our hair straight (or frizzy in my case), and our clothes wrinkled and worn. It isn't the face that we show to the world that He sees. It isn't how we did on someone else's test that matters. It is who we are becoming and what He needs us to be.
So, don't be a poor example of anyone else. Be your own unique self and know right now that you are loved.