Being yourself is a daily struggle, a daily battle we fight against ourselves, against those around us. We are surrounded by rules. How to live, how to be, what to do and when. We take lunch, when we are told we can and go home at an hour dictated to us by the rules. We follow these rules, the book of how to for life. We do because our parents before us did, because our children are expected to.
But what if you don’t?
What if today, just this once, instead of the black two piece suit you put on every day, you chose something else? Something bright? Something bold? Something… YOU?
You smile at the thought but brush it away because the truth is, it’s just not worth the effort is it? You see, in a world like ours, conforming is rewarded. The reward? A distinct lack of judgement. No double take looks, no questions, no sneers. No eyes that say, look at her, she’s mad. How dare she? Who does she think she is?
SHE, isn’t trying to be someone crazy or different. She is just trying to be herself in a world that penalises breaking the mould. Being yourself in this world means constantly having to explain yourself and your decision to live authentically. Or you can choose not to explain but know that they look at you with their judging eyes and they whisper. Breaking the mould and being who you are doesn’t come without a care in the world. It takes practice and the growth of a thick skin. Oh but the rewards…they make it all worth it…
To be different in a world of same! That, is worth fighting for.
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brené Brown
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