Johnny Depp stars in a heart-warming movie called ‘Benny & Joon’. He plays Sam, an absolutely gifted and unique character, who takes up residence with Benny and Benny’s mentally challenged sister, Joon. I particularly recall a scene in the movie where Sam entertains Benny, Joon and a crowd that gathers in the park with his Buster Keaton act with a hat and cane. When Joon asks Sam, “Did you have to go to school for that?” He answers, “No, I was thrown out of school for that!”

Sam didn’t fit in to what was ‘normal’ but he was absolutely comfortable in his own skin.

Are you comfortable in your own skin?

Be Uniquely You

You have to be unique and different to shine in your own way. ~ Lady Gaga

What makes you unique?

Mary Jaksch of Goodlife Zen wrote a post called 35 Things That Make You Special. It’s a pretty exhaustive list. But you can keep adding to that and listing out all your unique qualities.

Most of all – just be you.

Here are some inspiring quotes that encourage you to be uniquely you:
“There is nothing to practise. To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking” ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
be who you are
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” ~ Judy Garland

“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
giraffe blessing

I let Dr Suess have the last word:
“You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?”

This post is written for the letter ‘U’ for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014.