It is easier to live through someone else than to complete yourself
It’s tricky to talk about identity without getting all philosophical and esoteric. There are schools of thought that believe that identities don’t exist over what we conceive in our head.
We are not our hair, we are not our turbans, our beards, our jobs, our ethnicity, our nationality, our net worth, or even our beliefs, we are so much more; we’re are the universe in a drop forming a wonderful ocean in this experience of life.
To put it less poetically, I don’t know who the f*ck you think you are, but I know confidently that you can be whoever the f*ck you want to be, the possibilities are limitless.
My 6 year old nephew is a Liverpool fan, not because he respects the team, or even lives in Liverpool, but because it was ingrained into him since birth (you should have seen his nursery). This type of indoctrination (that’s a fancy word for shoving sh*t down someones throat) isn’t just sports teams, it can be national pride, political ideologies, and religion.
Instead of working to find role models to look up to, it may be wise to foster an environment where we can actually figure out who WE are, and what jewels exist inside of us to build a real foundation of confidence. Those jewels will be different for each of us, and that’s OK.
We spend so much time trying to live up to the labels & reputations imposed upon us, that we can go through our entire lives, never knowing who we are, or what we really could have been, and that’s such a tragedy.
There are many people in this world uncomfortable with change, and even individuality… f*ck’em. History has shown over and over, that their inability to adapt & grow put them on the fast track to extinction. Don’t allow these people to project their fears and insecurities on you, you’ll sink into obscurity with them.
You are not a participant in culture, you are a contributor. You contributions are just as valuable as anyone else, don’t be afraid to let your light shine.
Perfect the art of being yourself, whether that fits the mold & expectations others have for you is irrelevant. I’m not going to get into the debate as to whether this is easy or not. Your authentic self will continue to claw at you, and these changes will begin now, or the frustrations will come out in some other form, and that may not be healthy.
This post isn’t for everyone, it’s for those broad minded individuals who feel the same things I feel, and want to know they’re not alone. You’re not alone, and you’re normal for feeling this way. Find you’re unique self and share it with this experience of life, contribute to it’s beauty.
Be who you want to be, your life depends on it.
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