Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the “Great Thinkers”. These men fill their poems with little simple things that mean so much and can change your life. The line that I chose that fits the best to me and I think that would be important for everybody is from Self-Reliance. He says, “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think”. The reason why I feel that this line is important to me is because I always used to be worried about what everybody else thinks. When I was younger I was so worried about being different. People my age are so caught up in trying to impress everybody else that most people are all pretty much the same. They start thinking the same, acting the same, and sometimes dressing the same. In elementary school we come out of our shell and make friends, in high school we end up making more and more friends like everybody else. If you have lots of friends then you are seen as “cool” and “popular”. As you grown up you are most likely going to lose friends because you can’t do what everybody wants you to do. You realize that this is okay because you have become yourself and you did what you wanted to do, not what they wanted. Not very many people do what is different and what makes them stand out in society because they are scared to be looked at as different or unusual.Now that I have grown up and matured more I have learned to do what I want and what is best for me. I am glad we started to read poems by Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Holmes, Bryant and Whitman because they have all taught me to think on my own and to stand out and be different.

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