For many years I have been fighting my inner instincts and trying to conform and fit into society and the many categories mankind has created. But, for all my years so far on Earth, I have not been able to conform nor do I wish to anymore either. I never did things the conventional way, always breaking boundaries and trying things that most wouldn’t. I never understood why I had to follow rules that I had no part in making up, particularly rules that affect the general well-being of every living creature. I never understood why people were categorized based on their appearance, their finances, and etc.. But, somewhere along the line I realized I no longer cared to conform because I finally accepted one of my biggest truths and realities. I am a Jill of all trades and I will never apologize for this blessing and strength that I have been given.
I have been through countless events where I was judged negatively for being the way that I am. I am someone who strives to learn a new skill every day. I am someone who feels compassion and has an authentic curiosity to figure out ways to improve the worlds general well-being. I also love adventures and spontaneity, but, I am also very practical and logical. I am a little bit of everything and I always used to apologize to everyone for not being able to be like others, who have mastered one trade. I apologized for not being like others and not doing things the way everyone else was “supposed to” be doing it. By doing that I even hindered my personal growth, particularly with my “career” and finances.
Furthermore, I did not accomplish many of the things people my age already have and I constantly judged myself for this “failure”. I blamed it on my inability to “choose” the right path for myself. I constantly told others that I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my life because I was strong in many areas and equally passionate about those subjects. Others also agreed and put me down for my lack of direction. All the while I was developing my strength unbeknownst to me. By being myself I gained many valuable skills and learned many critical techniques that I could apply in the many areas of my personal interest and passion.
After realizing my strength I told myself I will never again apologize for being myself. I will not apologize to myself or anyone being a Jill of all trades. I will not apologize for not being like others and conforming to their way of doing things. Sure I may not accomplish things at the same pace as everyone else, but, I do get the job done while staying true to who I am. I will never again apologize for doing things differently because if everyone of us were the same, this world would be a very boring place.
Time to reflect:
Are you tired of apologizing for what makes you uniquely you? I am! I have vowed to myself that I will never again look at my strengths as my weakness. Instead, I will take pride in what makes me, me. I suggest you do the same if you ever feel this way. If you do things differently than others and you get the same or if not better results then you keep doing you! You do what makes sense to you, not what makes sense for the general population. Do not conform, be uniquely you and stay true to yourself. I wish you all the luck and send you all the love as you reach your highest potential.
You have to understand your own personal DNA. Don’t do things because I do them or Steve Jobs or Mark Cuban tried it. You need to know your personal brand and stay true to it. ~ Gary Vaynerchuk