My oldest daughter is becoming her own person.
My wife and I are so used to having a say in everything that she does that it’s still a little bit strange when she does things of her own volition. Whenever I enter her bedroom, I have to prepare myself for what I’m going to discover she has been using her brain for.
Has she turned her room into an art studio?
Is it a lending library?
Every other day, her room is something other than her bedroom. It’s a testament to the way our kids’ brains function.
When I was putting her to bed the other night, I noticed a new addition to her room that I hadn’t noticed before. Inside a frame on the nightstand, is a piece of yellow paper with a saying on it.
The saying reads: “There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
It was written by Dr. Seuss. The full quote reads: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
For the last few nights, when I read her a book before bed, I’ve found myself thinking about those words as I turn off the light and hug her goodnight.
They are a good reminder that you are, well, you.
You were hired to do your job because you are you.
Your friends are your friends because they like you.
Your significant other was drawn to you because you are you.
As a species, we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. We can’t possibly live up to what others are doing. Every person we know is smarter and prettier and cooler than us.
It’s easy to look at others and think you fail to live up to their standards when the world props up the winners and bashes the losers.
But who said we need to live up to anyone other than ourselves?
You do what you do for a reason, because somebody sees value in how you go about your daily life.
As I sit here and write, I wonder if my daughter read that Dr. Seuss quote somewhere and decided to cut it out and frame it.
If so, bravo to her. (But, honey, don’t use scissors unless you ask mom or dad, okay?)
It takes a confident person to decide at such a young age that she’s just going to be herself, especially when where you sit on the school bus each morning can be devastating.
But even if she didn’t do it, it’s still a nice reminder to her to be herself, because nobody else can be.