“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” Who are you? You ever take a minute in silence to figure out who you are. How are you defined? Why do you do the things you? Is it because your brother, father, mother, sister, uncle, or friend do it? Why? I have discovered that most people do not know themselves. Scared of their own shadows, they would rather live in societal shadows instead of stepping out into the sunshine of leadership and originality. Why not step out and create your own shadow? Soak up the greatness of being who you really are without apologies? Others are constantly searching for things, people, words, and societal doodads to define them. You do not need those things! Bombarded with traditions, and other people’s perceptions that imply that “something must be wrong with me”, we turn away from our true selves and fall into place with the ordinary shadows/shells of people who pursue to be nothing more than mediocre. They are only following the made up perception that they were given, but they have so much more to offer. It is startling at times the depths of the things a person will do to feel loved, cool and wanted, when the answer seems so simple. We are all in search of our own significance, and it stares us in the face when we hurriedly give ourselves a once-over in the bathroom mirror before rushing to our pressing mediocrity. Life and the beautiful discovery of yourself are hard yet worthwhile. Why take the detour through The Land of Shadows? Be yourself, as God has made you and love that person.