It’s Okay to Be You

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In a world where people are often trying to be someone they’re not, it’s okay to be you.

Social Media Sleight of Hand

So much of our world today shows the absolute best of everything: the best looking dishes, the most attractive people, the most exciting festive holiday vacations. We are blown away with just how amazing the lives of certain people are and we often wish we could be them.

But is that really how their life is? Is everything as rosy as it seems?

A quick Google search of “Influencers are broke” will show some harrowing stories about how a lot of these people go wildly into debt or really are struggling just to live day to day. The version you see is often manufactured, manicured, and filtered until it’s almost like a conspiracy of the unreal.

That Instagram image of that mouthwatering meal? It took hours of prep, planning, and cooking in addition to staging, lighting, shooting, and editing. Who knows the mess that lies behind the camera that will take an hour to clean up. Your tasty meal that took 35 minutes to prepare would probably be heaven to the cook who posted the picture.

In short, we often see people at their apex, filtered, and spruced up best and feel we have little to offer. It’s no wonder some people work so hard to protect their kids from social media. I’m here to tell you, it’s okay to be you.

Your Unique Perspective

No one looks at the world like you. No one finds joy in the same creative pursuits you do. No one has the exact skill set you do.

Some people love to crunch numbers. I don’t understand that at all, but I appreciate it. After all, I love to write code, and that seems ludicrous to a lot of people.

You may like things that other people don’t. You may enjoy activities that other people shy away from. You don’t have to change. You don’t have to pretend you’re someone you’re not. We have enough of that already.

It’s okay to be you.

David Bishop

David is CEO of Cedowin Productions, dedicated to helping you live your best life through positive habits. He has inspired tens of thousands to improve habits and communication through books, articles, workshops, and apps. He is the creator of AweVenture, helping families enjoy fantastic, active experiences and Zombie Goals, literally making building healthy habits a game. He’s authored several books including How to Create Amazing Presentations, 7 Steps to Better Relationships, and The Man in the Pit, which helps people who have loved ones struggling with depression.

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