Simply Be Yourself

“Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?” – Fanny Brice

Fanny’s words really help to visualize just how much time and effort we must exert to go against being our true authentic selves. In doing so, we must constantly be considering how we think we should act and how we think we should be, instead of just being ourselves. Moreover, if we are not working on being our authentic selves, where are we once our temporary selves are gone?

True authenticity is something that can make our lives much simpler, much more fulfilling, and much less liable to give us unpleasant surprises. But it is often difficult to be authentic because of the pressure that we feel–real or imagined–to be what we think other people want us to be.

Personally, I am much less concerned about forgetting the pose than I am about other people discovering that I am posing, for that would let them know that I am not the person that I am trying to make them believe that I am. This brings up the question of just who am I trying to convince–others, myself, or both?

Who are you? Are you honest with yourself? Do you let that reality shine through, or do you try to hide it behind an inauthentic mask?

Simply be yourself today.

Questions to consider:

Do you let the world know you exactly as you are? What are you like?

Why do so many people feel that it is important to pose as someone they are not?

What are some of the traits of the completely authentic you? Do you let those traits shine through?

For further thought:

“It is finally when you let go of what people expect you to be and people’s perceptions of you that you’re able to be the version of yourself that you’re supposed to be–like in God’s eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re half crazy, or eccentric, or whatever it is–that you have to be true to who you were born to be.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

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