Wednesday, December 18, 2013


"Individuality is freedom lived."

                                                                         (John Dos Passos; American novelist)

We are all unique.  We are individuals with particular strengths, weaknesses and quirks.  I believe we should celebrate our unique qualities, not hide them.  They make us special.

Society pressures us to conform.  Group norms, by their design, squelch individual expression.  When social pressure inhibits us, we lose the chance to be our true selves.  That's a shame.

In my life, I try to express my true nature -- even when it deviates from common practice.  I face the fear of criticism by valuing my happiness above the opinions of strangers.

I encourage you to consider doing the same.  Whatever your passions, embrace them.  And dodge any cold water others try to throw on your dreams.  We only live once, so we should do it our way.


 
 
 

 

35 comments:

  1. Bravo! A great reminder to live true to one's individual nature!!!

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  2. Oh, I love this! I've often wondered about your work looks. Great message.

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  3. So true. It is difficult to remember sometimes.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. Ally! You're adorable dressed up in all forms! :D

    Thank you for your inspiring words.

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  5. Giggle! This post made me smile. I think a tutu with a suit is probably a genuine first. I adore it!

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    1. Do you know anyone else like me?! Probably not... I'm a rare breed.

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  6. I love these pictures of you - so fun!

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  7. So playful, particularly the second photo! I like the juxtaposition of the formal lines of the suit with the tutu's whimsical explosion of purple. The tie is a very nice touch - I just wore purple and gold together on my blog {stylish minds think alike?} ;)

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    1. I saw that on your blog and liked it. A great combination.

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  8. That photo has made me smile from ear to ear. Love it.

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  9. Brilliant message, utterly delightful photos, dear, dear Ally! Wonderful post.

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  10. You sure are a rare breed .... I was hoping to see your killer legs ~ half suit, half Ally style.

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  11. Gwah! You look adorable! Ugh, I seriously need to shove this into my loved one's brains. I really hate that people worry so much about what people think about them. It is okay to an extent (as in, I never want hurt someone's feelings), but if you like purple tutus, you like purple tutus! :D

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  12. Aahhh, these photos made my day :) I love how your more feminine posing style sneaks into that last one :) And DAMN, you look sharp in that suit!

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  13. This is why we love and admire you so much. You are 100% correct with what you wrote. Your photos complement your words perfectly. Here's to a year of doing what makes us happy!

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  14. I love this!!!! Actually, I think you could be onto something here! Your worksuit is totally chic aswell as the super tutu and the whole colour combo is great! Your words are really lovely and reading this post reminds me just why I like your blog- intelligent, true, full of heart, encouraging, unique and bags of style! x

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  15. I could not love this post more! I have little time to comment these days but I had to stop in and tell you that. You are one in a million Ally, thank you for being you.

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  16. Ali I loved your post. Always be true to your heart.

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  17. Brilliant! and quite right too x x x

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  18. You are too cute! I was reading the text and could only see your top half while doing so. I should have known there'd be a little surprise underneath to be found when I scrolled down. :) You are one of a kind and such a fun spirit.
    (Glad you were able to take a little needed break.)

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  19. That's plain cool...! Miss ya ;)

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  20. Why is there no gold glitter on the tutu??

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  21. You are unendingly inspiring, wise, and flat out cool, dear Ally. This is one of my favourite outfit photos I've ever seen on any blog in all the years I've been online, because it is such a stellar, genuine way of conveying who you truly are.

    ♥ Jessica

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  22. I absolutely adore the pictures!!! I have no way of describing it... handsomely beautiful ?

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  23. Aww! I love your tutu! Your suit is fab too. This subject has been on my mind a lot today. I find myself back in that rut of, "Don't post that, people may end up hating you." Or, "You better do that person that favor because you owe them for the mashed potatoes they bought you two years ago." It's stifling. And my psyche is just screwed up from it right now. I went through a lot of (self) cognitive therapy to overcome this kind of thinking and now I'm right back to it again. You're right. I only have one life to live. Might as well be who I'm going to be, and do what I want to do.

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  24. You are just so wonderful. Makes me feel good every time I see you!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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