There once was a young girl who was not very popular. She was very shy, was constantly brushed off, and everyone thought and said she was strange. One day, she decided to try and become more “normal”. She started by dressing like the others. Everyone was shocked at how she looked but soon forgot, returning to their daily lives.
Crestfallen, the girl asked her sister why she was not accepted even though she looked like everyone else.
Her sister replied, “Try to act in the same way as the others.”
The next day the girl dressed, spoke, and acted in a similar way to her peers. Again, they snubbed her.
They snorted, “What a fake! She looked hideous and acted ridiculously!”
Dejectedly, she trudged home and cried.
She asked her sister again, “What else must I do to win everyone?”
“Uhh…. Maybe attempt to be nicer and more open.”
Slowly, she began to transform, winning others. They gave her their opinion on how she should be. She listened and became the ideal picture of everyone. She took all of the opinions and turned them into the person she wanted to be.
After working on her peers for a long time, she felt so proud yet felt very hollow. Out of her determination to win everyone over, she forgot to be true to herself.
The moral of the story is to be yourself.