“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
― May Sarton
Authentic. Real. Genuine. Transparent. In a world of smoke and mirrors, it’s become increasingly daring to do the impossible: Be yourself.
It was written on motivational posters in our 1st grade classrooms. “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” We were encouraged to venture into the world, full steam ahead, showing our true colors to everyone we encounter. As we get older this gets more difficult, which leads me to wonder, “Why?” Why have we lost the ability to say, “Here I am. I’m 10 pounds overweight, I can’t seem to balance a checkbook, and I’ve hurt people I love and respect,” knowing that everyone we meet has their own darkness hidden too?
The plain and simple truth is that leading an authentic, straightforward life can set you free. We’ve all lived emotional lies at one point or another, and they away at you like cancer, creating a life you’re not even sure you’re happy living, all in the name of keeping up a facade of contentment and success.
I’ve learned the hard way that people who love you for who you are not, don’t love you at all.