"You can't be happy living someone else's dream."
Why did I want to become Wonder Woman when I grew up? I didn't want to be the super hero, but the actress. I wanted to take Lynda Carter's place after she retired, because I knew the TV show would go on forever (LOL). I even asked God to make me beautiful just like her, and give me Lynda’s job. It wasn’t because she had super powers or flew an invisible plane (awesome as that was), because I knew that was all fictional. I just wanted to be anyone other than ugly, unimpressive me. I hated that I couldn't do anything above average. I despised the fact that I had to wear glasses. The biggest thorn in my elementary school years was that I had developed too early, which made me look fat compared to the girls who received their curves in junior high or later. I wanted to prove to all the popular girls, who wouldn’t befriend me, and laughed at my chest, that someday I would become the swan. I also wanted those boys who made nasty comments about my butt, and chose the pretty, undeveloped girls, to regret passing me up.
Guess what? I bet many people could tell similar stories about their youth. There may even be some pre-teens or teens reading this that feel that way now. That is because we have these high expectations of how we should look, act, perform, or speak. If we don’t add up to the unrealistic standards we create, then we wallow in despair. In the end, my personal expectations only made me depressed, and feeling like the world was better off without me. I wasn’t a fun person to be around which only made matters worse with making friends. Now I have many years of hindsight, and I see how the pieces of each thing in my life made me who I am today. The good and the bad had a part in shaping me, and I needed them all. I also realize that I wouldn’t have been happy if somehow Wonder Woman was still on TV, I had become as beautiful as Lynda Carter, and replaced her. You can’t be happy living someone else’s dream. You have to find your own niche in life. Be at peace in your own skin, and realize happiness is your choice, not a result of what happens to you. No one ever gets everything exactly the way they want it, not even the extremely rich and famous. There will always be people worse off than you, and better off than you, but comparing yourself to others will only make you miserable. Don’t wait until you’re older to realize this, because great things await those who find their own path. I don’t have permission to post pictures of Lynda Carter/ Wonder Woman on my website, but you can easily find her on the internet. She’s still beautiful, and has more talent than just acting.