I Only Am What You You Tell Me To Be

I get “Words of Wisdom” from Rev Run everyday, and three months ago, I got one that stuck with me.  “A wise man once said…Worry about character more than reputation…Character is what you are, while reputation is merely what people think you are…”

I think it’s important to know who you are and not worry about who people think you are.  It takes a while to figure it out, and that time is usually called college.  And on a lot of occasions, it takes more than just four years.  For me, it was four years of college, a year off, and a year of grad school.  And I don’t want to make it seem like you only learn about yourself in college.  There are a lot of people who don’t go to college that obviously have to learn about themselves.  Maybe I shoulda used a time period.  How about…18-25?  Perhaps more appropriate…

And not to say that I’ve figured it all out.  But I have a strong general idea of who I am and who I’m trying to be.  But to me, it means more to know who you are, and let your character define what you do, not the other way around.  I don’t think you should be defined what what you do or what you’ve accomplished.  No one should look at you as just a janitor or just a doctor.  I think it’s more important for people to think you’re a good person rather than just a good teacher.

For a long time, I didn’t know what I wanted to be.  But now I do.  I want to be a good person that people love and respect.  And the job will come when it comes.  I know I’ll be doing something, and if I don’t, then I’ll be poor and my mom will yell at me.  That should be motivation enough…

Character is like a box and you have the only key.  I realized you can’t change anyone’s character.  As much as you try, it’s not up to you whether that person changes or not.  If they do decide to change, it will only happen because they made the decision too.  So don’t get frustrated with people who you think should change, because if they have a problem with it, they’ll change.  And the only reason they stay the same is because they don’t think there is anything wrong with that they’re doing in the first place.  It’s only when that person decides to crack open that box of character with their magic little key called change.

I gotta stop watching fiction stuff, this is getting a little out of hand with the analogies.  I watched Twilight over the weekend and it was everything I pretty much thought it would be.  Can someone please notify me if they find my dignity anywhere, because I seemed to have lost it when I said “yes” to the question, “Hey, do you want to watch Twilight tonight?”

This decision is gonna take some serious character analysis…

Thanks for reading

-The Rep Smasher


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