To thine own self be true…

‘Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice…’ -Hamlet- Shakespeare

Not everybody is meant to standout and there’s nothing in the world wrong with that. Finding yourself under an intense spotlight can be disconcerting, and, as shown with some in the public spotlight can be your undoing.

Choosing to standout can be a matter of complex intricacies, in a way all of us can standout if we wish to be the center of attention. But then there’s the old adage of ’empty vessels making the most noise’, those who standout from the crowd rarely do so on account of some brilliant mind, or some fascinating talent. Think of those in the spotlight right now, you know, the beautiful people always in the magazines, those who are ‘standing out’, how many do you know that have contributed positively, or meaningfully to the world?

Standout…shout out…louder, louder…louder…

Until that’s all they hear…drown out the little voices…

The voices that say…you’re not good enough…not pretty enough…clever enough…

Standing out isn’t about being the best, it’s about being at your best.

Shakespeare said it perfectly:

‘This above all: to thine own self be true

And it must follow, as the night the day

Thou canst not then be false to any man.’

Written for the Daily Prompt: Standout

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