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When Did You Break Up With Normal?

(or what’s holding you back?)

This photo and quote has made it’s way around the internet a few times, and a friend of Glad.is reminded us of just how profound this moment is, in one’s happiness journey, when you decide to make yourself happy first, to be free to be who you are, and not reduce yourself to who you THINK others may want you to be.

Here are a few of our favorite philosophical quotes on this subject, but please, tell us below- When did that moment strike you, when you realized you could be FREE?

“It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine.”

- Byron Katie

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”

- Rita Mae Brown

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

“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” 

― Lady Gaga

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

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” 

― Allen Ginsberg

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

― Judy Garland

“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.” 

― Frank Zappa

This has inspired an article for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Foundation (created to stop bullying) – we’re working on compiling this wisdom for teens, encouraging them to be free, and be themselves…will you take a moment to write down what event/person/thing inspired you to stop trying to please others be yourself?

What was your A-HA moment?

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