You were born an original. Don't die a copy
- John Mason
|"You were born an original. Don't die a copy" - John Mason|
Even if we find a way to get that attention, respect, and validation we look and work so hard at getting, it only makes us happy temporarily. It’s just as absurd as trying to look cool or to appear in a way that you think will make people like you. Any ‘trying’ to be yourself is not ‘being’ yourself.
It has to easy. All effort to be yourself is an effort in the form of either protecting a fake identity or making yourself appear likable by altering your behavior. As long as there’s great effort involved, it’s not being yourself. You have to drop all effort and what’s left then is you, the pure you. When we’re being ourselves we’re not living up to false standards, and we’re not behaving for the attention, approval, and respect for others.
People are attracted to that because it’s real. To go out without the attention of trying to do anything and without hiding your true personality or to appear cool is going out and giving the true you to the world. But you need to be yourself. Be known. Make a difference. Stay motivated.
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