We Are Who We Choose To Be…

Isabella - Mechanic Falls, Maine
Entered on February 27, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I was sitting in health class one day when the teacher was telling the class what the curriculum plan was, then, she wanted us to think about what life skills and other things we believe in. She said it could be anything at all. So, I sat and thought about it for a second. And then, I heard a comment about me that came from across the room. At that moment, I knew what I would be writing my essay about.

I believe in being yourself. I am a very unique person, and I am told that daily. I wear whatever I want to wear, and I act however I choose to act. I have a solid personality, but MANY different and opposite interests. For example, I listen to many different types of music. I don’t have a specific style of clothing. One day I would wear a particularly normal outfit just like everyone else, and the next – my outfit is completely random, colorful, and spontaneous!

If you aren’t being yourself, you are being someone else. Your life is yours to live, and no one’s to control. Not even your parents. Don’t get me wrong – they are your parents and what they say goes, but there are things that they have no control over. Some of the things they can’t control could be the types of music you like and/or listen to, your favorite color(s), your favorite pastime, or your best friend. The reason why they have no control over these things is because you are who you choose to be, and these things fall under the definition of your personality.

If no one had a unique personality, then everyone would get bored very easily. One day, you would walk up to someone and say “Hey, I’m ______. So, what is your favorite thing to do?” and their reply could be something like “I am ______, and my favorite thing to do is listen to rock music.” And then you would say “Oh, that’s my favorite thing to do, too!” Don’t you think that would get boring? If everyone’s personality was the same, we would all have to live in the same climates, and conversation wouldn’t be interesting. Let’s face it, we’d live in what is called a “Utopian Society”.

Being yourself can come with consequences. People could get made fun of for their interests, and that is often what happens. It is sad that some people make fun of others because of their personality, or something they like. But, nonetheless, diversity keeps life interesting and mysterious, and that is why I strongly believe in being yourself.