by Jan on June 16, 2011

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.

E.E. Cummings, Poet

For many of us it’s hard to find the true essence of who we are at our core, and to maintain that essence with the competitive and loud demands of the world.

I was reminded of this when I met a friend who helps high school students find the right college for themselves.  He told me that his advice to those students is to walk away from those who say  “YOU CAN’T.”   Instead, he encourages students to spend time with people who possess a “YOU CAN DO IT” attitude.

We all know this is true, and it’s great to hear it—at any age.

In Kevin Hall’s book, “Aspire,” he states, “No matter how much alike we look, it is often forgotten that each of us is truly one of a kind.  Over six billion people are on earth, yet no one has the same fingerprint, footprints, or even laugh. Every individual is authentic…an unrepeatable miracle.”

You and I are unrepeatable—we are unique.  And, when we find that unique spark in us, we open ourselves up to meaningful possibilities.  When we are confident and courageous enough to step into that potential, it is an act of heroism, greatness.

I have always loved the quote by Shakespeare, “To thy own self be true.”  I just didn’t know what that meant for my life and me.  It took time and thought, intention and lots of hope to figure out that I wanted to talk about HOPE.  Most people thought I was crazy.

But it is my passion—and my purpose so far.

How do you find your purpose?

Do what interests you, what you love, and what makes time seem to stop for a while, and lose yourself into what you are doing or thinking.  It is the beginning of finding your true self, of being true to who you really are.

And don’t let anyone else say “YOU CAN’T” because “YOU CAN.”

It’s worth the effort.