|MAINTAIN YOUR UNIQUENESS IN THE GROUP|
Self-RelianceRalph Waldo Emerson, taught to us in High School, but not demonstrated to us as high school students. This may have been one of the first lessons of real apathy, where adults teach non-conformity but practice conformity through punishment. Thus, learning to "trust ourselves," as Emerson spoke about in his essay Self-Reliance, became something that we unlearned through growing up. Now we must learn to “trust ourselves” as if it is a brand new language as an adult. How do you follow your heart?
How do you find creative avenues to get your needs met? You do not have to stay a victim to conformity. This is your year to do something different, to get out of your rut. DARE to follow the path you so desire to walk. If you don't know how, don't worry or fret. Go out and learn how. You are capable and smart, thus you can learn to do something that you never thought possible. Go for it.
Self-Reliance is something each of us needs to experience deeply in order for our self-esteem to be intact. We need to know that we can survive in a crisis. We need to trust ourselves to do what we need to do in order to provide the basics for our daily lives and the dreams and desires we have for ourselves. We need to know that when push comes to shove we can take care of ourselves and trust ourselves to succeed.