“To be nobody but yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
– e.e. cummings
In a world that says we must compare, correct and conform, this e.e. cummings quote – written decades ago – has, surely, never been more relevant.
There’s so much pressure for us to look the same, act the same, be the same.
Sometimes it’s hard to assert our uniqueness because we risk rejection.
But there’s such power in being nobody but ourselves.
If only we’d take the time to know ourselves deeply.
If only we’d take heart in our strengths and our foibles.
If only we’d take up the fight for our individuality.
Instead, we often fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others, then trying to change ourselves to fit in.
It’s understandable: the desire to fit in is human nature, but it’s no good if the price of belonging is our integrity.
The very thing that makes us different and interesting and ‘us’.
Rather than allowing the world to make us like everyone else, can we get comfortable with who we are and find the courage to show ourselves?
It may be the hardest battle we have to fight, but it has to be worth fighting for.