Why It’s Important to Be Yourself

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every commercial on television is designed to convince you that the product will somehow enhance your life and you are missing out on something that everyone else has.

But, as you dig further into the truth, you realize that we all feel the same insecurities. We all feel like we’re missing out on something or don’t know something that we are supposed to know. Often, to pretend that we know, we cover it up by trying to make others feel like they are missing out or not in the know. And the cycle continues.

The truth is that no one knows. We are creating life with every single choice. People can tell you what they’ve done and advise you along the way, but your journey is your journey. There may be a blueprint to life or certain things that will happen in your life that have happened in others lives. It’s true that your destination may be similar, but how you get there and what you learn along the way is unique to you.

Often, we fall in love with the people who do things their own way and who stand out while we try to blend in with the crowd. Everyone is trying to balance being different, but not being so different that you’re not accepted. But, no matter what you do, it seems like you can never be thin enough, rich enough or pretty enough. But, you weren’t designed to be anyone else, but you. And, if you are trying to be someone else, then there is no “you” in this world. There is something that you were created to give to the world.

If you buy into everything that tells you that you are not enough, they steal your ability to be grateful. They cultivate unhappiness and dissatisfaction to keep you searching for something outside of yourself to soothe it. The truth is that you are everything you are meant to be. You are enough. And, what you bring to the world is your unique set of experiences, your view and your talent. Your job is to figure out how to share that with the world in a way that makes others feel less alone.

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu


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