Same, Same

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I met her in a lineup where we were both waiting to pay for items of clothing.

This lady was so excited with the garment she was about to purchase, she couldn’t resist telling me about it.

“When I saw this on a mannequin, I knew I had to have it,” she told me. “I don’t even know how much it cost!” She carried on to tell me this was for her six-year-old granddaughter. She explained that the two of them looked alike, and her granddaughter always says, “Same, Same, Nana.”

The little girl would be thrilled to experience the same, same in matching outfits.

I thought back to my mom knitting matching sweaters for my young daughter and I and a Cabbage Patch doll! For a child, wearing the same type of clothing as someone they look up to, helps them feel as important as that person is to them.

As an adult, I no longer want to be dressed exactly the same as someone else. I have, however, looked for other ways to emulate people I admired. If I tried to duplicate their methods, could I be as successful? Could I copy their mannerisms and be as popular?

The trouble was, I could never do enough to be the same as someone else. It left me frustrated and feeling like a failure.

My efforts to be the same caused me to lose sight of my own unique qualities. I had to learn to accept and appreciate who I am and what I have to offer. Only then did I feel good about my own accomplishments.

Now, I am willing to learn from others but my goal is no longer to be the same as anyone else. Instead, I am happy to become the best version of me.

4 thoughts on “Same, Same”

  1. I like this piece. I was thinking, Same, Same, to be like Jesus is the only one I want to copy.
    “May the mind of Christ my Savior swell in me today.” good and thoughtful words. Shirley

    1. Hi Shirley,

      Your thoughts are where I was planning to go with this when I started, but, as often happens, the writing took a different direction!

  2. LOVE this Tandy! That’s all we can do… is be the best version of ourselves!

    1. Glad you liked it, Kimberly. I read somewhere to be yourself because everyone else was taken!

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