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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Stay Unique


When I was 18 years old, many moons ago, and a dance major I had the unique privilege of taking a master dance class at Duke University from the amazing Martha Graham.

It was definitely a highlight of my young life and it is something I will never forget. I don't think I have ever felt any more inspired than I did that day. 



I felt as if I was not like anyone else and that I and my talent were unique.

We have each been painted with a different brush, using different strokes and colors. That is what makes each one of us special.

Often over the years I have lost that faith in my own uniqueness. Sometimes it has been through my own insecurities and sometimes because I have allowed another person to make me feel that way.

As I age, I appreciate my uniqueness more, and even though I sometimes forget that I too am special I am vowing to STAY UNIQUE. 

I hope you will too. 



 

33 comments:

  1. I love that quote by Martha Graham. Stay true to yourself, that's how we love you!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. she was an amazing person.

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  2. Good advice from both you and Martha...J

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  3. Amen! Great words and beautiful sentiment!!

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  4. Laura, When I was about 13-14 , I used to hate my red hair (auburn) ... ..what the heck was I thinking...it helped me to stand out a bit. If we could always just be happy being ourselves... It's not too late. xoxo,Susie

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    1. How wonderful to have red hair, Susie and isn't it also wonderful how we gain perspective as we age. :)

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  5. Great quote, great advice.

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  6. Wise words! As I continue through life, I am more and more comfortable with who I am.

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    1. And that is one of the wonderful things about aging, we do become more comfortable with who we are.

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  7. I love "we are all painted with a different brush." Wonderful analogy!
    Brenda

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  8. Love your thoughts. You know I think what we all need to be is REAL-authentic and proudly be who we are. At this age, I am facing my own insecurities. I still haven't fulfilled my calling and I feel that life is passing much too swiftly. I am forever looking at younger women who are living my dreams and I wonder why? How? Did I miss it? So, lets make a commitment to be true to ourselves and be who we are without comparing ourselves to anyone else. I think we'll see that we still have something to contribute. You are beautiful!

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    1. I think one of the most important lessons we have to learn is that each person's path is different. It is never to late to achieve goals. Yes, those goals may change. I know that I can never be a professional ballerina now, but I also know that I am no longer the same person that I was when I was young. I have new goals. Keep following your own unique path and thank you for your sweet words. :)

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  9. I plan on it, Laura. We are all uniquely individual. Thank goodness!

    xo
    Claudia

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  10. Wow! I had no idea that you used to dance like that. I loved dance when I was younger too. You were obviously VERY good since you did it in college. I like your reminder to be unique. I think we all want to stand out in our own way. It wouldn't be fun to be just like everyone else.

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    1. I think the fact that I was on pointe and in the ballet company at age nine, along with a genetic predisposition, is probably what contributed to my knees getting bad so early. But I did love it. Too many people want to be like everyone else, but then we lose the benefit of their uniqueness.

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  11. So you were a dancer, ballet? How beautiful a talent, one I have always admired.

    Never really felt like being a sheep so this post resonates.

    Jen

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  12. I'm definitely not a sheep either, Jen. I like to do my own thing. Yes, I was a ballerina :)

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  13. Oh Laura, I know what you mean. It was such a relief for me to turn 50 (quite some time ago), because there was something about that number that made me realize I don't have to prove anything to anybody. And if people were going to use the word eccentric to describe me, it suddenly felt like a compliment. Who wants to just be average anyway?? We are unique and we should love it!

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    1. I'm always happy to have people describe me as eccentric now. It is all very liberating. :)

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  14. Agree with what Martha has to say.
    Like that blue flower on that crockery.

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    1. Aren't those plates pretty. Took photos of them and sold them immediately :)

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  15. Great post...and now that I'm over 60, I plan to achieve many more things in my life. If I ever stop planning and setting goals, I'll die.

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    1. I feel the same way, Jan. My grandparent worked up until they were 90. They always said it kept them young.

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  16. It is important to keep yourself unique, how boring would it be if we were al the same. I can't wait to be creative again with my own touch. Being creative is necessary for me. Love the plates and that quote.

    Cynthia

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