Have you ever wished that you could switch places with someone else? Have you ever worked to emulate the style and mannerisms of a certain celebrity? Does the grass always seem greener on the other side and it would just be easier if you could be someone else? According to the late Kurt Cobain, these kinds of thoughts can be terribly misguided. He once said:
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.
We are all unique and we all have something special to offer to this world. It may take you some time to discover your calling in life and it may take even longer to define the meaning of success, but you’ll get there if you’re willing to put in the effort. Just because someone else seems to be achieving a great deal of success from professional blogging, real estate sales, or fashion consulting doesn’t mean that you should necessarily be following in their footsteps either. In doing so, you’ll always be one step behind. You need to blaze your own trail and be a step ahead.
It is certainly inviting to fall into line and do what is expected of you, but it is far more interesting and life is far more worthwhile when you take the time to find your own way. Do you really want to be normal? I don’t think any of us want to lead a mediocre existence and in trying to achieve something extraordinary, we need to take risks. But these have to be your own risks (and mistakes) and not the same mistakes as someone else.
Life is a very special gift. Don’t waste it by trying to be someone else.