What Doesn’t Define You

We recently asked our Be Your Own You fans to help us by contributing to our blog, and we received some great entries! We are proud to present our second guest blog, by Ida Ploug Pahus, blogger and author. (18 years old)

When I was 16 years old I published my first book. For many years it had been such a big dream of mine, because since I was 5 years old I have loved to write. When I made the decision to publish my book at such a young age, I was terrified at first. Wasn’t I too young? Would people be jealous and be mean to me because of it? Would anyone like it?

But I soon realized that my age or what other people might think of me and my book did not define me. Age is just a number, it tells you how old you are - not what you are capable of doing. No matter your age, you can help someone and that was the exact thing I really hoped to do with my book, by sharing things from my own life. And that is just what I did. My book was even asked to be used at an asylum centre here in Europe.

What would have happened if I had let my age or my fear for other people stop me? I would not have been able to do the thing that made me ME and I wouldn't have been able to reach so many people. Below are some things the process of writing and publishing my book has taught me:


  1. Stop worrying about if you if you are too young to make a difference, because you are not.
  2. Stop worrying about what other people will think of you, because everyone will never come to like you. If you let yourself be defined by other people you will always end up being broken. Let God define you and let your worth come from Him, not people.
  3. Do not let fear stop you. Step out of your comfort zone and do the things you have always dreamed of doing. Because trust me, you can make a difference with the gifts and talents you have been given. You can never start too early.


Our guest blog posts are meant to inspire, connect, and share. Thank you Ida for your bravery and sharing your beautiful, well-thought-out words with our group. We encourage you to continue to inspire others, and for those reading this, please be sure to check out Ida's book AND check out her blog:

Link to book: http://www.amazon.com/one-who-always-near/dp/149293173X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452098178&sr=8-1&keywords=the+one+who+is+always+near

Link to blog: https://livinglifefullyalive.wordpress.com/

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  • Joanna on

    Way to go Ida! You are awesome and so is your writing!

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