Be Yourself

August 3, 2009

You are the unchanging you.

You areΒ  the same you that you were when you were a child and the same you that you will be on your last day.

And yet you can only be your best as you are now, not as you used to be, not as you will be in twenty years.

You can only be your best as yourself, not in imitation of someone else, not by following someone else’s standards, only by fulfilling your own.

Be yourself, not what other people want or need you to be.

Wherever you can be yourself is the place you are supposed to be. You cannot be your best where you do not feel like yourself.

The person you should be with is the person in whose presence you feel most like yourself, most like your best.

When you have to give up part of yourself to be with another person, you always missed the part that you sacrificed in order to be together, and you hold the other person hostage for the part of yourself you miss.

When you are lonely, it is always for that missing part of yourself.

Your work should be about you. It should mirror your best and capture your desire. You should be able to find yourself by losing yourself in your work.

When you are bored, you are not living your own life.

You don’t have to try, you just have to be.

Be yourself where you are right now.

Every part of your life should tell your life story, for if you own yourself fully, you possess the world.



18 Responses to “Be Yourself”

  1. waz Says:

    damn, i’m always bored! o.0

  2. zewt Says:

    hate me for who i am rather than love me for who i am not.

  3. Hmmm…. *Lizzy ponders deeply on Jem’s words*

  4. _butt Says:

    Thanks for the great insight, Jemima πŸ™‚

    I believe that one always change for the better, always go forward and never backward.

  5. doc Says:

    how true Emerson’s words. unfortunately, in this world, people see you as how they think they want to see you, not as you really are, & therein lies the constant conflict between self & the world.

    which part of self to give up in order to conform? questions, questions!

    • jemima Says:

      which part of self to give up in order to conform?

      That’s for you to decide, Doc.
      Hence, it ain’t easy even to be yourself. πŸ˜‰

  6. anjali* Says:

    Yeap. That’s so true. I have been trying to be myself for a long time and finally found someone who loves me for who I really am, not who I want to be. And vice versa. πŸ™‚

  7. Unkaleong Says:

    Be true to yourself I say πŸ˜‰

  8. Susan Says:

    Yes – I love this poem. Now that I no longer work outside the home at aage 59 discovering myself is exciting!! Thanks for the written encouragement.

  9. azra Says:

    I completely agree with you…i cannot fake it…i am too frank and trutful to people and this is a big mistake…very often people hurt me or take advantage of my “stupidity”….but i can still never fake it…I am “Me” and i cant be what others want me to be…

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