It seems like such a contradiction when you’re young and everyone says be yourself then asks why you can’t be more like that other person. Then there’s the searching for an identity to find yourself. You look to books (if you read) or maybe someone you know who appears to be what you like, and of course there’s the TV and Movie characters that inspire us. I spent a long time trying to emulate those very people. I’d see a movie that inspired me then I’d try to be like that character. Of course it didn’t last. It couldn’t, it wasn’t me. It took a long time for me to understand what being myself really meant. It means I can enjoy writing pop/rock music even though I love to listen to classical. I can be a hippy at heart while dressing in a suit. I can be a creative person and color inside the lines. The only thing that matters is that I am happy with what I am doing at the time I’m doing it. I am different and I am happy.