Each one of us is unique, and yet we feel the need to become a mirror image of what we see around us, but there are three humongous problems with denying who you are to fit in:
1. "Masks" by Shel Silverstein
She had blue skin, And so did he.
He kept it hid, And so did she.
They searched for blue, Their whole life through,
Then passed right by- And never knew.
2. Robin Williams as John Keating in the film "Dead Poets' Society"
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."
3. What if we could have changed everything?
By hiding or denying any piece of who we are, we are asking our loved ones, our communities, and our future generations to live on this planet as if our exceptional talents never existed, never allowing the world to benefit from our particular brand of ideas and talents. What if you are exactly what the world needs right now?