Soon, the line between you and everyone else becomes blurred and indistinct. You lose your sense of purpose and your mission in life; you do and say many things in opposition to your true character; the guilt and anger about your weakness and malleability accumulate and stress you to the breaking point. Acquiesce enough, and you become nothing more than an apathetic lemming who swims with the tide toward the slaughter of your identity. You become indistinguishable from anyone else and your unique qualities remain hidden, untapped, and unused, to the detriment of yourself and others.
It takes much courage, much effort, and much energy to break free from the masses in an effort to forge your own path and be true to your soul. A wonderful example of the ultimate bliss and joy that results from remaining yourself is captured in the (ostensible) children’s book Ferdinand. The short, easy to read book by author Munro Leaf tells the story of Ferdinand the bull, who refuses to think the same or to act the same as the other bulls. The illustrated book has entertained children for decades - and its underlying message is timeless. Be yourself. Follow your heart. You may not be popular; you will be great!
From November 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com