Guest Blogger

Wear the Right Shoes

April 6, 2013


Everybody, no matter what age, is faced with pressure to ‘fit in’. We desire to be accepted, to be loved, to be part of something. We fear not fitting in, we fear being rejected, we fear being unwanted, worse- being alone.
Growing up, I didn’t always fit in. I’ve always been petite and small, and people undermined me a lot because of that. I’d get pushed around, people thought I had nothing to contribute. This really challenged my self-image and self-esteem. Before long, I started seeing myself the way they saw me- small and insignificant. I thought, who am I to dream big? I became my own worst enemy because I allowed other people’s opinion of me to be my truth. I allowed their short-sightedness to define me. And that’s the worst thing we can do- letting other people’s opinions of us become so loud that they drown our own voice.
My perspective changed when (without even knowing what I was going through) my dad said out of the blue, “You can do anything you put your mind into.” That statement alone changed the way I see myself. My dad has achieved great things in his life, he’s traveled the world, he’s written books, he’s overcome many obstacles, and his belief in me allowed me to soar. We all need someone who will speak such power into our lives.

Wear the right shoes today- yours! Don’t feel obligated to be like someone else, don’t be scared to stand out because you are far too extraordinary to fit in. Don’t allow people to drown your inner voice. It’s fine if people think you are uncool, as long as you are happy with yourself.
I know we like being “cool” and we want to be perceived as cool, and due to this, many of us make many wrong decisions. But maybe we need to first redefine “cool”. Smoking, drinking alcohol, sleeping around or doing things we don’t really agree with doesn’t make us cool, it makes us stupid. What makes us cool is being happy with who we are. What makes us cool is the decision to be more than average, to be great. What makes us cool is our ability to see ourselves through the eyes of God. And I’m convinced, in His eyes, we are capable, we are loved, we are not small, we are great!

Be content with you! Be enough for yourself… And please, wear the right shoes- yours!

Love Always,
Nono Cele
Twitter: @Nono_Cele

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