Accepting and embracing one’s self not only requires recognition of the constraints one is held down by, but also how to break free of them to properly care for one’s self and to become self-empowered. Conformation must be abolished. Conformation to what society expects, to externals, to unnecessary desires, fears, or even to an individual with a greater power can no longer be disregarded or over-looked. Thoreau even states, "How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!" By no means can one properly care for themselves when they attempt to do so on another’s terms. In a way, a sort of selfishness is essential in order for an individual to personally succeed. In order to live life to the fullest extent, one must live simply and confidently, able to embrace each day along with its forthcomings. Through inspiration and interpretation of the words of multiple authors, strength, confidence and encouragement will arise guiding one towards becoming their best self. I found myself drawn towards pop-culture and mural/graffiti pieces of artwork in order to portray the ideas of Thoraeu, Epictetus, Lucretius, and Nietzsche. Even though the time periods of the writings and paintings significantly differ, I feel as though this only emphasizes that these ideas of self-help are still significant and relevant today. I found the few pieces of street art to specifically represent my idea of a unique and empowered self because of their intent and messages found behind them. These paintings are more than just their “illegal” stereotype, there is an idea and purpose of each one that intends to have a psychic and social consequence amongst all of society. They stand out, they are distinct and unique, and are the perfect representation of what an individual should strive for in becoming true to themselves.