The battle of being nobody-but-yourself according to E.E. Cummings
"A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feelings through words. This may sound easy. It isn't.
A lot of people think or believe or know they feel -but that's thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling- not knowing or believing or thinking.
Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you're a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you're nobody-but-yourself.
To be nobody-but-yourself -in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." E.E. Cummings