"Create Yourself."

One of my life mottos... I may have made it up, I may have got it from somewhere and it's stuck with me but either way, I try to remember it every day.
There are over 7 billion of us on this planet, and every single one of us is an individual. Nobody is like us, and we aren't like anybody else. We are all unique human beings, with our own mannerisms, characteristics, features, interests, desires, beliefs, values and strengths.
So why, oh why, do we say these things...

"I wish I looked like her"
"I hate my hair"
"She has such good style.. why don't I dress like that?"
"She's a better friend than I am, though"
"I'm not good enough"
"Why aren't I funny?"
"But I could have done better..."
"He's so talented... why aren't I?"
"I have no idea what I want to do... there's nothing I'm good at"

I do it. We all do it. But I'm really trying to stop disliking who I am so much and stop comparing myself to other people. It's a waste of time really, because I won't be anyone but myself. Ever.

At the same time, however, it is important to be who we want to be. Not someone else who we want to be, but a version of ourself that we will be happy with. I enjoy being creative and the prospect of creating myself as a person really excites me. I'm not trying to turn myself into something else or someone else, or even change myself, but make myself. As an 18 year old, I'm at a point in my life where I'm discovering who I am and things about myself I didn't even know. I want to be the best 'me' that I can be, so I must create myself in the best way I can.

What am I talking about specifically? Make-up? Yes. How I dress? Yes. Hairstyle? Yes. But also how I express myself in other ways, such as how I talk to people, how I react to situations, how I learn, how I present myself, and most importantly, how I think about things.

As individuals, we must also find our "thing". The thing we're passionate about, enjoy to do, and would be happy to do to make a living. To do what we love. It's not always easy to achieve what we want to achieve, but there is always, always a way, regardless of the situations we find ourselves in. We don't get long on this earth so we must live how we want to live and do what inspires us. We just have to find the right path - which may take days, months or even years - but once we're on it, we're set.

I have made this video called "Do what you love" using the first two tracks from the 'Only Human' album by Cheryl (Cole/Fernandez-Versini, Just Cheryl, whatever you want to call her) because the message it gives out is powerful. To all those young people like me who feel they can't achieve their dreams, please, please do watch this. I hope it inspires you too.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE from Steph Bisson on Vimeo.

Creating ourselves is a task and a half, but there's no hurry. We have our whole lives to make ourselves the person we want to be and we should use all of this time to work on ourselves. We will, sooner or later, be happy and comfortable as an individual and it will be a freedom like no other, I'm sure of it,

Namaste x