My mouth dropped open, but when I saw the pleading look in her eyes, I didn't say anything. I just smiled and looked over at her friends. They were nodding at my daughter in approval.
I went into the kitchen, and my eyes scanned the special purchases I had made for her birthday lunch. A frown of worry formed on my face. Why was she pretending to be like her friends? Didn't they love her for who she was?
Sweet girl, you're special just the way you are. Why are you trying to be someone else?
The truth is, the world will never get another girl exactly like my daughter, nor will they get someone exactly like you.
You are both an original, not a copy. When you try to live like someone else in order to get their approval, a part of you disappears and prevents you from living life fully. Like my daughter that day, who ate plain salad for her birthday instead of the meal she had been begging me to serve.
I know, friend, how hard it is to live under the pressure of feeling like you're not good enough. But an imperfect you is much better than a copied version of someone else. And it's much more fulfilling.
As Steve Jobs, the computer inventor said, "Your time is limited. Don’t waste it trying to live someone else’s life."
Have the courage to be who you are.