Even though it’s silly to try to be like celebrities, most of us would have to admit we’ve done it at one time or another. When I was a student, I decided that I wanted hair that looked like Princess Di. The stylist gave me a lecture about how my long hair looked pretty as it was, complained about young people who don’t appreciate the beauty of just being themselves, and reluctantly trimmed it a little after telling me that Princess Di had started wearing her hair longer.

I was young enough that I didn’t appreciate the advice, either; but it did start to make more sense as time went by. If we can’t be comfortable as ourselves, then we’re probably not going to have much success trying to be someone else, either!

Word-art that says "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde 

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Always a favourite quote! And such good advice…
    I, too, wanted to be Princess Di, especially in her Sloane-Ranger pre-princess style. I already had a similar haircut, but I took to wearing high-necked blouses and long skirts (but thicker material – do you remember that unfortunate photo of the sun shining through her skirt while she held two wee ones in her arms??)
    PS I’ve left a reply to your comment on my blog 🙂 x

  2. This is one of my favourite quotes. In my childhood I was always compared with one of my elder cousins and I hated it so much. We were so different but back then it was very common. I chose a totally different line. I am glad I did 🙂

  3. I think when we’re younger we fall victim to ads and trends.
    Hopefully, as we age we can begin to see how shallow that really is.
    Being unique is a blessing not a curse. It means we’re special.
    Thought provoking nurturing this week, Meg.
    Isadora ?

  4. That is a great quote — we must be true to ourselves, and learn it doesn’t work if we play “small” … we need to shine shine shine!!! Thank you for sharing with Nurturing Thursday! <3 <3 <3

    • Yes, that’s very true, Becca — although we may think we’re making ourselves bigger by imitating some successful person, it really is just “playing small.”

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