This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
– Hamlet, Shakespeare
In a self help ran world, we are often told that the best way to be ourselves is to copy someone else’s road for success or to look like someone else or even have a similar lifestyle as someone. Their goals cannot be your goals. Their success is not your finish line.
What if life is more than searching for identity through someone else’s eyes?
We love to follow trends, whether it is weight loss or styles. We are constantly changing. Adapting and evolving is great until we begin to talk about who you are.
You are you, that is all you will ever be. You can try to change that and you will always feel empty and “never good enough” because you are trying to change something that just can’t change.
The word Genuine comes from the word Genu which means “Knee” it is derived from a cultural tradition in the 1600s in which the father would place a child on his knee to publicly acknowledge his child. In doing this, it was a public affirmation of who they were.
Being happy isn’t about reaching a goal. Fulfillment only comes through acceptance of who you’ve always been.
The roots of the word Genuine allude to birth and ownership of paternity.
Your Identity is not in who you can be. But It is in who you’ve always been. There is no secret to being you other than waking up in your own skin.
So to your own self, Be okay, Be secure and above all else, Be you.