At 26 years young, I am happy to say that I have realized this and am able to bring it into my conscious awareness. This by no means is me saying that I no longer try to fit in either. 🙂 We all do at some point. But still, I am aware and that is the first step.
In my study of authenticity and what it means to “do you”, I have found that a large percentage of my previous actions, decisions, and conversations were carried out to make others happy or me liked, what have you. What I have learned is, while it’s easy at the time to make choices in this manner, after awhile it begins to wear on our authentic self. Essentially, we learn to move and flow with others, losing our decision making power.
This week I strive to rediscover myself on a deeper level. Understand what I want. No longer responding with, “I don’t know, what do you want to do”. BE BOLD. BE YOU.
(Picture above is my writing/ yoga view for the next 3 days. I am blessed. I am grateful.)
There is no one I love more to be around than someone who isn’t afraid to be themselves. They have this sense of confidence that is contagious!
Society pushes us towards these norms. What should I wear, say, eat, live, drive? What hobbies are popular?
Seeing someone do THEM is so refreshing. Do you think Einstein lived his life by the norms? Heck no.
How do we encourage more people feel comfortable expressing their true self? Loving yourself plays a huge role in this authenticity. Know that you are like no one else, and that’s amazing! You are your best you.
It takes courage to be your true self. Its not always popular or easy. But once you start being you, you start living life. You will enhance everyone’s life around you, giving them permission to be their true self without judgment. That’s a beautiful world.