“If you’re always trying to be ‘normal,’ you will never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou
I know it’s easier said than done to “just be yourself.” Certainly we’ve all heard that expression from the parental units when we were kids.
But when you finally get hold of what “yourself” really means to you, it’s worth staying conscious and vigilant in order to honor that identity at every turn. I tell folks that staying true to who you are—your wants, needs, dreams, thoughts and feelings—means honoring, and not abandoning, yourself. Ever.
In this emerging world of copious tattoos, unisex dressing, gay/straight best friends, and attitudes that color way outside the lines of old childhood pressures to conform, it does my heart good to see freedom of expression that doesn’t try to be “normal.”
In fact, marching to the beat of your own drummer is what will, ultimately, let you leave your amazing imprint on society. Just be yourself. Just be.