Friday, May 2, 2014

Anyone You Want To Be

You can be anyone that you want to be. And if you're anything like me, you tweak who that is depending on what you think others want you to be.

That works... for awhile.

But... if who you try to be isn't who you truly are...  eventually, the cracks begin to show. The strain of being someone that you really aren't begins to get to you. Everything that you do becomes just a little more exhausting, just from the sheer act of forcing yourself to be someone or something that you're not. Just because you think that's what someone else wants you to be.

I guess I'm finding that you can't really be anyone other than who you're meant to be. The hard part, sometimes, is figuring out who that is.

And I see a tendency in people sometimes to take the idea of being who you really are as an excuse to not have good character, and I would caution against that.  If who you are is someone who does nothing but cause others pain... then you've got some pretty big issues to deal with, and I mean that quite seriously and sincerely. You can be who you are, and still be kind.

But... being who someone else wants you to be? No. Be your strengths. And be your weaknesses too.

Be uniquely you with the confidence that who you are is a pretty okay person to be.

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