Oscar Wilde put it best when he said “Be yourself, everyone else is taken”

At the end of the day, we are all just slices of pizza trying to make it out of the oven without burns. Seriously! Every pizza slice starts out as dough, tomato sauce and cheese. What complicates pizza or makes it better (depending on your perspective) is all the extra toppings that are thrown into the mix. Why should I have pineapples on my pizza? I do not want pineapples on my pizza. I’m an extra cheese and sausage kind of girl. That’s it. Don’t complicate it. However, someone else really lives for pizza with pineapple and strawberry toppings.

We are all created equally and with the same base ingredients – dust, breath of God. Our unique gifts and abilities in this case will be the extra toppings. Mind you, extra toppings don’t make pizza bad. It just creates variety and gives options to different taste preferences in the same way that our different gifts create variety in this world.

God was not wrong when you made you the way that He did because he knows that the world will appreciate your special topping(s). If everyone was just one kind of pizza, what fun will that be?

I think that not being confident stems from a myriad of things, but these things are most often rooted in;
1. Your assumption of what others think of you
2. Believing what others think of you.

Ultimately, there is a huge chunk of the self confidence pie that is a directly related to  the power we give “other people”. But, if we can take back the pie that we subconsciously gave others, we will be on our way to confident bliss.

It sounds easier said than done but sometimes, we create these thoughts and ideas in our heads of what people may be thinking of us when in reality, nobody really cares. Nobody cares what you do. Nobody cares how you do it. Nobody cares when you do it. But then we hurt ourselves by hiding under a rock, a rock that we created because we don’t want people (who really don’t care) to see us. Imagine how exhausting it must be to keep hiding from people who aren’t even looking for you. You’re essentially playing hide and seek with yourself.

On the other hand, there are naysayers and people whose only job is to speak negativity in your life or point you to your past. Where we fall short with this is, believing what these people think of us.

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 16:13 – 17 nkjv)

Notice in this scripture that even though Jesus asked the disciples who men thought he was and who they also thought he was, Jesus was not looking to the answers for validation. He knew exactly who He was and knew the answer he expected to hear from his disciples.
When Jesus heard the answer he was looking for from Simon Peter, he blessed him.
Jesus never said “people think I’m one of the prophets? Well maybe I should consider being one of the prophets”.  No, he just took that information because he wanted to be sure that the people around him knew who they walked with.
You can go out into the world and hear different opinions of who people think you are, but their opinions should not affect your personal knowledge. What God says about you, and what you believe as God’s truth over life is what counts.

 God made you as perfect as you are and I am hoping that that’s a truth that we have all come to terms with, even if partly. Now, we have to learn to translate that love into a boldness that makes us feel unstoppable.

Spend time with yourself and figure out what kind of pizza you are AND OWN IT! There is a world out there that only craves cheese pizza and a world that likes pizza with anchovies and horse radish but you don’t see these different types of pizza fighting for attention. Pizza never does that – it sits beautifully and deliciously on a menu or on a display and the right customers come get it.

This world is yours. You deserve to be here. You deserve to have a voice. You deserve to be all you can be. So Be It!