Response To Toni Morrison's Beloved

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4. Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay.

“You are your best thing“ Toni Morrison, Beloved

My greatest fear in life is being unwanted. As much as I preach a bohemian lifestyle of marching to the beat of my own drummer and rejecting the judgements of others, there will always be a part of me that yearns to be accepted.

I’m kind of weird. I've always been a performer. Although it often terrifies me, I've always lived for the thrill of being on stage, sharing some secret of my identity with a room full of strangers. I hate the idea that acting is pretending. Acting is being truthful, it’s learning to tell someone else’s story through the lens of your own personal truth and experience. When you’re up on stage, even if you’re hiding behind a different name and an elaborate costume, you’re being you, and that’s what
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I can’t lie and say that I believe I’m enough right now. I may know it in my head, but it’s not something I feel yet, and I'm not sure that gaining that further sense is something I can do on my own. What I have learned from my experience though is that I can never expect myself to succeed in being someone else. I was tasked with this, the impossible, and my inability to do so made me hate myself, but I'm choosing now to reject that, and I would encourage anyone else to do the same. I'm starting over, and while it's overwhelming to know that this could just happen to me again, I have a new mantra to guide me along the way. I am my best thing, even if I don't know it yet. I can't forget

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