“Be yourself, everybody else is already taken”

The two poems quoted below have deeply impacted my life and especially my philosophies and thinking for the last 40 years…

And these are a few of my personal mantras, which also support my resilience and optimism:

1. Live every day as if it is your last, just in case it is
2. Everyone is born with a death sentence
3. Be kind
4. Listen carefully, and think before you speak (still a work in progress!)
5. Laugh, often
6. Focus on love

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you just like everybody else – means to fight the greatest battle there is to fight; and never stop fighting.”                     

e. e. cummings

“To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ps the title of todays blog is a quote that many attribute to Oscar Wilde, but the original author, according to this site seems unclear.

8 thoughts on ““Be yourself, everybody else is already taken”

  1. Live everyday till I die but hold my hand as I pass. My thought as I practice the medical attempt to sustain life treating bio markers.


  2. Love your mantras Kate thanks seems from what I see they have served you well. I have a similar quote on my lunch box “Be yourself, life is too short to be someone else.” I’m sure you would have read the book Tuesdays with Morry it has a similar line about living each day as if it’s your last, for one day it will be true. So Carpe diem-seize the day or as an old boiler motto goes lets carpe what we can out of this diem X ness

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