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How To Be Yourself

It all begins with accepting yourself.

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Sometimes you can look in the mirror and feel like an entirely different person. It's as if you've only been going through the motions of life and that the person in the mirror staring back at you is merely a pawn in the game of life. Too often then not, that real person may not feel like you. You can feel like a whole other person than the person that others see walk around town. It feels like you can never truly be yourself. And until you can be yourself in all parts of your life, you'll never truly be happy.

So many us feel this way. That we can't be ourselves. That society won't accept the real you. That you need to just go through the motions with the attitude of 'fake it until you make it.' But this doesn't work. Denying who you are and holding it in will only turn on you in the end. Pretending that you don't care what others think of you or that you weren't hurt by cruel words is impossible. It all hurts pretending and trying to hold it all together, for that is impossible. It is impossible to be something you are not. So, don't be. As cliche as that may sound, just be yourself.

It is time to accept yourself. Accept everything about yourself from the hair on your head to your little pinky toe. So much of society teaches us to accept others and be kind to others, however it seems there is little time to show that in order to fully accept others you must accept yourself first.

Accept who you are. You've been that way your entire life. That person you see in the mirror every morning knows who you are. Don't be afraid to let that person out. Don't be afraid of those who will try to work against you. Accept your opinions. Accept your flaws. Accept your strengths and weaknesses. Accept your past. Accept your present. Accept your future. Simply accept yourself. Accepting yourself is all it takes to be happy.

Take it from that person in the mirror. Being yourself can feel like a waste a time. It's filled with self doubt and worry, but this shouldn't define you. Don't define yourself as worrisome and troubled. Define yourself as the person you are and always have been. For society can not define you, it is up to you to define yourself. Accept yourself and who you are inside. You can't change your personality, so you might as well embrace it. For as Dr. Seuss once said, "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." In his own words he is telling you to go out and simply be you. You'll be surprised how well that can turn out for you.

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