From Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo
“Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.”
This line tells me how you must stand up and speak for yourself, even if your voice may shake. It’s a reminder that everyone has a voice that matters and that no one’s opinion is greater or lesser than the other. It also draws out how you musn’t take in the judgements of others to where it will hinder your own opinions. Speak your mind out but make sure it’s coming from what you personally believe in and not what the “crowd” wants to you to believe. Being submerged in that crowd, drowns out your own identity. If you can’t trust yourself, why should others trust you? I can draw a personal connection with this, as well as students everywhere else. There is bound to be someone out there that will disprove of you, but like the saying goes, “You can’t please everyone”. This isn’t only rewarding for yourself but for others too. It can serve as inspiration and move others to break the chains of conformity. Being you is natural and that is what the Transcendentalists preached. This is a constant reminder for me to be confident in my own actions and words. There are times when I do get swept with the thoughts of everyone else, but I try not to have that change who I am. There is always room for improvement and I am always striving for confidence everyday. There is never going to be another you in the universe, which gives even more the reason to celebrate yourself.