Every day, we are given a choice, to be who you are or to be who you’re supposed to be.
It’s never that obvious, no one really uses these words, but the results are the same.
You choose to be you,
you choose to be someone else.
This is especially easy given all the tools we currently have to manicure the existence we wish we had.
We craft perfect Facebook profiles. We Instagram out the parts of our lives we regret. We tweet the wins. All the while, a gap grows between who we pretend to be and who we really are.
Trying to be someone else is the most exhausting way to spend your life.
Is it easier sometimes than going your own way? It is.
Conforming is popular because conforming is comfortable.
You say the things you should say.
You do the things you should do.
You buy the things you should buy.
But in the quiet moments of the day, it sneaks back up on you. That quiet realization that you are missing something. Comedian Louis CK is right, this is why we grab our phones so frantically. When the quiet wells up, we would drain it fast with a phone that offers us a false sense of connection even as it isolates us from the one person we can’t escape, ourselves.
Live your story. The one you were given. The one that no one else got.
The one that loves other people and serves other people and helps other people. The one that knows being yourself always leads to generosity not greed. Upon stumbling upon ourselves we can’t wait to help others have the same experience.
Today you have the chance to be who you are supposed to be.
That is not who the world is missing.
We have more than enough supposed to people already.
We need you instead.