Osho is a very controversial Indian philosopher. Although few people may agree with some of his ideas, there are some that are worth exploring. Here below is his idea on why you should be your own person:
Every desire leads not to the goal it has promised you. It leads to just the opposite of it. You want to be special? [This means] you have already accepted your ordinariness. One who is special does not want to be special–he’s not even aware that he is special. Whatever you want, one thing is certain–you are not that.
And from where are these desires and wants coming? Imitation. All around, you see people: somebody is so rich, somebody is so intellectual, someone is a wrestler, someone is a boxer. And you are nothing–it hurts. It hurts because of your wrong conceptions about life.
So you have to note down a few things in your being: one, you cannot be anybody other than who you are. If you try to be somebody other than who you are, you will never be somebody else, but you will miss being that which you were destined to become. It is almost as if a rose flower wants to become a lotus. His whole energy will be in how to become a lotus. He will forget all about the roses. All his energy will become misdirected. He will never become a lotus because he has no seeds, no potentiality to be a lotus. Only one thing is certain: now he will not become even a flowering bush of roses.
And who said that a lotus is better than a rose? They are both beautiful and they are both needed. Even the smallest blade of grass is much needed as the biggest star in the sky. This whole universe is one organic unity. Here nothing exists that is not needed …
via: Mr Wang Bakes Good Karma