Todays prompt is “Favourite quote”.I am a big fan of Dr Seuss. Admittedly his books come across slightly acid induced, but children don’t notice that! I remember growing up with Dr Seuss books, my Nanny had a huge collection of them, and we would read them together whenever I visited.
Now, as an adult, I love Dr Seuss for his awesome quotes. Seriously, if you haven’t already, google them. The man is a genius. I love so many of them, it was hard to choose a favourite, but this one I think is the one that I need the most in my life ~
I have a problem. I care too much about what other people think of me. Even if I don’t particularly like or respect a person, if I think they don’t like me, I obsess over it. Why don’t they like me? What is wrong with me? What did I say or do? LIKE ME DAMMIT.
I am constantly worried about what I say and do, and how that will be perceived. What will people think of me, if I speak my opinion? What if the don’t agree with me? What if they don’t like me?
Who’s ‘they’ you ask? Anyone. Everyone. I have this ridiculous need for approval, from everyone. All the people.
Crazy right? I know. It’s ridiculous. And impossible. Even if I never said another word again, well then people would hate that I didn’t have an opinion.
Which brings me back to ye wise one, Dr Seuss.
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
I need to remember this. I need to print it on a T-shirt or something. Because I am who I am, and those that matter, really don’t mind. And that is all that should matter to me.