“I’m with you because I choose to be with you. I don’t want to live someone else’s idea of how to live. Don’t ask me to do that. I don’t want to find out one day that I’m at the end of someone else’s life.” ~ Denys (Robert Redford) “Out of Africa” 1985
I love this quote Out of Africa and I think it packs quite a punch. For me it means, don’t try to live up to someone else’s expectations – be your authentic self. Some people already live an authentic life and some will think they are. Then there are those that will read this and scratch their heads as if I am typing in code.
Don’t change because you think that’s what someone else wants and especially, not if you know that’s what someone else wants. Were you born to please this person? Were you brought into this world to be someone else’s possession for them to mold? Don’t be someone’s puppet when you should be in control of your own strings. (more…)