‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?’ Dr Seuss.

09 May

Stories from my Sketchbook . . .

Have you ever changed the way you’ve done something . . . or the way you’ve thought about something . . . or even changed the clothes you were wearing purely because you were worried about what someone else might think?  I have.  Not much these days, I admit, but certainly in the past.

When I was younger I spent a lot of time worrying about what other people thought of me—were they talking about me? . . . were they judging me?  . . . what did I need to do to ‘fit in’?

So I did all the things I thought I was supposed to do.

I went to parties I didn’t particularly want to go to because I thought if I didn’t I would never be asked again (even though I probably wouldn’t want to go the next time either).

I spent late nights out at pubs and clubs listening to music that made my head ache and drinking whatever was put in front of me, when all I really wanted to be doing was sitting at home with a nice cup of tea, wearing my fluffy slippers and watching a really bad sci-fi movie on the telly.

I bought clothes that were bang on trend but looked awful on me (thank God there was no Facebook back then) hung around with people I had absolutely nothing in common with, and was careful to whom I expressed my honest opinions in case I was thought of as difficult or uncool or not ‘normal’.

Well, they say that your true colours will always show through eventually and I guess it’s true.  After all that energy expended in trying to match my own colours to those around me it turns out that I am indeed difficult, uncool . . . and normal? . . .  well, that’s all relative isn’t it?  I reckon I am my own very special kind of normal—just like everybody else . . .

‘ . . . Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”

Actually, who are you not to be? . . . ‘

(Marianne Williamson)


Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized


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9 responses to “‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?’ Dr Seuss.

  1. Judy

    May 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Always liked a quote I saw a few years ago…I’d rather be disliked for who I am rather than liked for who I am not! Beautiful sketch Sally.


    • sallyinthehaven

      May 15, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Judy – and love that quote!


  2. unfoldingenlightenment

    May 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Always good to bring peoples attention to this , thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    • sallyinthehaven

      May 15, 2017 at 7:22 am

      You’re very welcome. 🙂


  3. Joneen Troup

    May 10, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Your ‘true colours’ are fabulous Sally.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. stevetalbot51

    May 9, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Yes we are all uniquely normal 🙂
    Excellent quotes and a very colourful sketch !!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. C. C. Cedras

    May 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

    The expression on your chameleon says it all, doesn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. S. A. Young

    May 9, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Love this and love the sketch!


    • sallyinthehaven

      May 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thank you! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person


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