You’re trying to be the authentic you. You know who you’re and what you stand for. You have a strong sense of integrity and a clear sense of your identity. Yet despite this clarity, sometimes it feels difficult or impossible to truly be “yourself.” In such situations, you may feel lost or uncomfortable, perhaps even dishonest, because you can’t fully express yourself. This is an experience many have had – and it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with how you see your true nature.
Being Yourself Isn’t Always Easy or Comfortable
It can be difficult to be yourself, but it’s also important. Being yourself isn’t always easy or comfortable, nor is it always safe.
You May Feel Exposed and Vulnerable in Your Real Life, but Allowing Yourself to Show Up as You Really Are, Without Fear of Judgment or Shame, Will Help You Grow as a Person
Being yourself is about being authentic. It’s about being true to your own values, beliefs, and personality traits and not conforming to others’ expectations of how you should be or act.
It’s not just about being unique and different from everyone else – it’s about embracing those differences and celebrating them as part of what makes you special.
You Can Be Your Authentic Self Without Revealing Everything About Yourself
You don’t have to be like an open book, though. You can be yourself without revealing everything about yourself – and that’s okay.
In fact, it’s better than okay. It’s great! There are enough people in the world who put themselves out there in all their glory and risk being rejected or misunderstood by everyone they meet.
If we all did that, life would very quickly become unbearable; there would just be a huge parade of unrepentant narcissism and self-absorption with no end in sight.
So share only what you can share with others – but don’t feel guilty about it! We shouldn’t feel guilty about not wanting to reveal everything about ourselves right away, because it’s not always necessary or even desirable (especially if you’re not ready yet).
Being Yourself Is a Journey
It takes time to grow into your authentic self, and even old people can still surprise themselves. Life is full of unexpected events and each new situation tests and shapes our personality. Your authentic self is who you’re in this moment. Yesterday and tomorrow you could be someone else due to different circumstances.
If You Live Your Life as a Mask, You’ll Never Be Completely Happy, but if You Live as You’re, You’ll Find More Fulfillment and Satisfaction
To live in this world without masks requires courage and strength, but also trust in others and in yourself. It’s not easy to be who you really are in this world where everyone wears a mask to hide their true feelings from others – out of fear or shame.
The most important thing in life is to be true to yourself and the people around you so that nothing can stop you or hurt you. If something does go wrong, it won’t feel so bad because it’s not coming from your own soul!
Be Honest With Yourself About Your Strengths and Weaknesses
In order to be yourself, you must first be honest with yourself. That means knowing your strengths and weaknesses and what you can do well for others and for yourself. It also means knowing your limits, that’s, what you can or cannot do in certain situations.
The most important thing here’s that you don’t pretend to be something you’re not when it counts. If someone really wants to know what kind of person they’ve been with all this time, they should see all sides – the good and the bad equally. The best way to do this is to be yourself from the beginning so there are no surprises!
Not All Situations Fit Your Personality
There are certain situations where it’s best to be someone other than you. For example, it’s not always possible to be your true self. If politicians were completely themselves, they’d probably upset even more people than they already are by expressing their negative thoughts, and it would be all over social media.
The same goes for using your real name on the Internet. You may want to protect your privacy and avoid stalkers or blackmail from people you don’t know.
Another example is job interviews: Sometimes someone with mental health issues prefers not to mention their anxiety issues so that he or she’ll not be discriminated against when it comes to their professional success, or so that it doesn’t impact his or her social interaction with others in the workplace environment, just because their colleagues would see him or her as a different person.
Remember That You Don’t Have to Show Your True Nature in All Situations
For example, when you meet your mother-in-law for the first time and are invited to dinner. You don’t like the food and mentioning it to her would not be a good thing. Most people would simply say that it’s delicious, in terms of social norms.
Not Being Yourself Doesn’t Mean You Have to Change
Don’t be ashamed of not being 100% yourself, because even if someone knows everything about you (and sometimes even more), they can’t possibly know how hard it was for us to get to where we’re now.
The only person who knows what it’s like to be you is you. So don’t feel bad if you’re not quite yourself, because that doesn’t mean you have to change. People will always see the good parts of you and that’s a good thing!
You don’t have to be an open book, in some situations you can just show your good sides without revealing your negative ones, or vice versa, depending on the situation and social dynamics.
Mistakes are a part of life and happen to everyone. They take you out of your comfort zone, but they aren’t the end of the world and don’t reflect your worth. Mistakes are an opportunity to learn, grow and try again.
You Can Make a Mistake by Being Yourself or Not
You can make mistakes by doing or not doing something. But no matter what mistake you make, it’s important to realize that most mistakes don’t last – many can be fixed.
Mistakes can happen in all sorts of ways:
- You may have said something hurtful to someone without meaning it or considering the consequences.
- You may have made an assumption that turned out to be wrong – perhaps because you didn’t know enough about the situation or the person in question, or because you let your own prejudices influence you. When you realized you were wrong, you may have felt bad, but couldn’t undo anything (e.g., because the other person had already heard what you said).
Don’t blame yourself for making mistakes. There’s no need to dwell on them; instead, learn from them and move on with your life!
You Aren’t Defined by Your Mistakes or Shortcomings
Your past doesn’t make up who you are. Neither does your future.
You’re defined by the way you live in the present moment, and that’s all. If you’re unhappy with your current self, change your perspective: do something to make a positive change. It’s not always easy to do, but when it comes down to it, no one else can tell you what makes you happy or unhappy but you – because no one knows your life better than you!
You Can Work on Yourself
If being yourself isn’t working for you, then you can work on yourself. It’s your choice. You can choose to be happy with yourself by working on your problems or letting them go because they don’t matter anymore. You’ll never be perfect or completely satisfied with what you’ve and who you’re, but at least now you know how to deal with the things that bother you about yourself so you don’t take your frustrations out on others and yourself when someone else around you does something wrong!
Get to Know the Real You Better
The first step to being yourself is to know your true self better. The more you know about the real you, the easier it’s to know when you’re being yourself and when you aren’t.
Know Who You Are, What You Like, and What You Don’t Like
- What are some characteristics that make up your personality?
- Are there any hobbies or activities that bring out the best in you?
- What qualities do people admire most about you?
If You Can’t Be Yourself Because the Situation Doesn’t Allow It, It’s Important Not to Feel Bad
Sometimes you just can’t be yourself. Sometimes the situation doesn’t allow it. But that doesn’t mean that you’re defined by your inadequacies in that case. You can work on yourself, get to know the real you better, and accept who you really are – with all your flaws – without feeling bad.
You aren’t alone. There are thousands of other people who feel the same way you do now, and there were many others who went through the same thing before you did too! It helps to remember that everyone makes mistakes sometimes, even if they do their best not to make them again after learning their lesson from them, but sometimes one mistake leads to another until it becomes a habit that you can’t easily break away from even if you want to because our brain tells us otherwise…
What Defines Us Is How We React to Our Actions and Who We Want to Be in the Future
I believe that it’s an act of bravery to be yourself, even when you’re in a situation where you can’t be yourself – it’s a choice to stay true to who you’re and what you believe in. It may take a while for this authentic self to develop, but remember: you’re never alone on this journey!
- “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.” – Mark Twain
- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
- “When emerging from humble beginnings, those around you tend to underestimate your authenticity because they knew you before you were ‘somebody’.” – Criss Jami
- “True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There’s no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected. Once you are aware of that you are no longer caught in the idea that you are a separate entity.” – Thich Nhat Hanh