Why am I me? This is a question I have been asking myself, I am sure since I could talk. Why am I me? Who else should I be? Sometimes our parents, our grandparents and our friends think that it would be nice if I was more like someone else. Life almost felt like an on-going competition until one day, I heard myself yelling back “why am I me?” What am I doing here on this earth in this universe, if you want me to be someone else? What is my purpose? Why do you want me to be like everyone else? I like being me! I like being who I am. Why do I need to change, who I am? And why am I like I am? To make everyone else happy? I know I make me happy; I know I like myself.
These questions seem easy enough to answer, however, they became more difficult as I began to grow older. I started to think about all the great things I valued about myself, about my uniqueness, things about me that no-one else could duplicate. My eyes, my hair, how thick and beautiful it is; my voice, how, I say things. My body language, how sometimes, I can speak with my body or the way I react to people and the things they say. I thought, I have value, I am unique. I am not perfect, but, who is? Everyone is valuable, everyone needs to know that they have value. It does not matter what you look like on the outside.
What is important is what you carry in your heart. It took me years to realize, I do not want to be like anyone else. I want to be me. I want to be who I am. I want people to like me and value me for what I carry in my heart. I don’t want to be anyone else but, me.
Author of "A Heart of Kindness"