When people say "be yourself", all I can think is I'm trying my best! Although we were all born as beautiful unique individuals and to not present exactly who we are would be both a disservice to ourselves and to the world.
There is no doubt that in today's world it can be extremely difficult to be yourself, as there are so many societal pressures to fit in and to try to be liked by everyone. You want to make sure that you don't stand out because then you could be a target for scrutiny.
But you also don't want to blend in too much because then you are weird for being boring. I see myself falling into this trap also as I won't wear something because I am so worried about what everyone else will think. I believe social media has an influence on this as you want to appear "cool" and have this amazing life that everyone else needs to see.
It's almost like we are living for other peoples approvals as opposed to our own. It is sad in many ways but that is sometimes the reality. We document everything so that others can see it, not so we can look at it and enjoy it.
I always struggled with the word "weird" as I never really understood the meaning of it. The connotation of the word is an insult but it doesn't seem very insulting to me once I think about what it really means. In the dictionary, it states that it means "strange or extraordinary character."
Rather you are not typical and you have unique parts of you that make you stand out. Because I thought that was a good thing. I now look at the word "weird" differently because I see it as unique and rather you don't blend in but stand out. "Weird" is so yesterday.
Finally, we are all