I’ve always been intrigued by celebrities and pop culture, especially as a child.
So, it is probably not surprising that, when I was about 8 years old, I had an autograph book.
Since I wasn’t exactly rubbing elbows with the rich and famous at the age of 8 (or now, for that matter), I asked the biggest celebrity I knew for his autograph…
My grandfather (or “Poppie”, as his grandchildren called him) owned a popular bar/restaurant in a small town in Pennsylvania and everywhere we’d go, people would know him. I always felt so special to be his granddaughter when we’d go out and about and truly believed that he was a local celebrity.
Poppie was the kind of person who could light up a room. When he was present, you knew it (even when he was napping). His sense of humor, warm smile, and big heart were just some of the many reasons why I loved him so much.
Years after his passing, I still have that page from my autograph book with his signature and a message he had written.
“Stay the way you are and you will be terrific.”
It may not be worth as much money as George Clooney’s autograph, but to me, it is the most valuable piece of paper in the world.
Whenever I feel the urge to compare myself to someone else or change the way I act just to fit in, I think about that page from my autograph book.
Sure, I may be silly and clumsy. I may be overly obsessed with Lionel Richie and old television shows. I may get moody when I’m hungry and talk entirely way too much for one person.
But one of the most wonderful people to ever walk the face of the earth loved me for those things.
This post is just my little way of reminding you to stay true to who you are and resist trying to be like someone else. We all need reminders every now and then.
How do you keep from comparing yourself to others? I found that when I quit reading tabloids and visiting celebrity gossip sites, it also helped.
Do you have any celebrity autographs? I have some random ones like Bernie Williams (former player for the New York Yankees), Candace Cameron, Rosie O’Donnell, and Tony Danza. I’m working on scoring a Lionel Richie autograph, of course!
I once got Roger Clemmons autograph with my brother when we saw him at a restaurant in Florida. It was a big deal to us because he was our baseball idol growing up in New England and loving the Red Sox.
I also met Chris Daughtry with Jen (runnerstrials) once and got my picture taken with him and everything
Thats such a sweet and simple message from your poppie-I love it. Comparing myself to others is tough and something I am constantly struggling with. I’m at the time in my life where all my friends are getting married and having kids and I still dont even know what I want to do. And thats fine, it is but I guess it comes down to we are taught that at a certain point or age in our life we should have it together. As I said, a constant struggle.
I definitely understand. I constantly have to remind myself that everyone is different and when certain things are meant to happen to me, they will happen. I’m willing to bet that some of your friends are envious of you though, and I am sure that all of those good things will happen soon.
Your Poppie reminded me of my grandfather. He was such a smart man and made sure we were grounded human beings. I learned from my grandparents to be who you are and if people do not like you for who you are they are not meant to be part of your life. Be comfortable in your own skin and celebrate the small things in your life. I was blessed to have those two as role models growing up. As a woman I want to be surrounded with people who support you instead of breaking you down – so not cool. Thanks for sharing – love the post – got a little teary eyed too.
Such a nice message. You never hear that enough – be yourself. I try really hard not to compare myself to others. It’s hard. The way that I reduce it is by praising others. For example, if I see a woman with pretty hair I praise her (silently) for her hair. It allows me to be thankful for the beauty in me.
I'm Erin, the happy gal behind The Grass Skirt, which is named after my signature smoothie. Here I share how I maintain a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, my favorite recipes, workouts and products, and my love for Lionel Richie. Hope you'll enjoy reading!