Be yourself

By Angela Maidment, 26 July 2016 , Comments

Everywhere you look these days, someone is offering advice on how to live your life. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Meditate. Do what you love. Be kind to others. Explore your passions. Push the boundaries. Be daring. Step out of your comfort zone. Be who you want to be.

I apologise if this sounds cynical; it’s really not. I listen to all the rhetoric. I even try to live by some of it. The stuff about eating properly, being kind to others and meditating makes a lot of sense.

But then, there’s the other stuff that urges you to find your passion, push your boundaries and be daring. That’s the tricky bit right there.

We’re fed stories about the greats like Einstein, Shakespeare and Ali. We’re told about their humble beginnings their triumph through diversity. Apparently we can be just like them, if only we believe in ourselves.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? But not everyone can be a trailblazer. For many of us, the best we can do is look after our physical needs. Things like food, shelter and warmth. Some days there just isn’t enough room to go off searching for the true meaning of life.

However, there’s a notion that I have been familiarising myself with lately; be the best you that you can be.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Establish your own boundaries, set your own goals, do the best you can with what you’ve got.

Understand your strengths and weaknesses.

Your best self may be easier to find than you think.

  • Angela Maidment is a 39-year-old woman living with spina bifida. She lives in Wagga Wagga and has been supported by Northcott since she was a child.

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