“To thine own self be true” William Shakespeare

shakespearesmallWhy try to be someone else?

Wearing a mask!  Pretending to be who you are not!  All an act!  All a pretence!  All false!  All a lie!

Everyday we wear our masks.  Everyday we walk out of the door and become a different person.  Everyday we become part of society through our labels – young, old, professional, female, male, single, black, white, student, parent, popular!  The list is endless!  We use the mask and the labels to describe ourselves, to define ourselves and our lives to other people, to fit in, to become accepted, so that we are happy.  Because if we don’t, then we become ‘different’.

And if you are different, what then?  You become unhappy?

No wearing the mask is what makes you unhappy!  Acting out a pretence makes you unhappy!

Being true to yourself means finding out who you are, learning to love yourself, learning that even your flaws can be used in a positive way.  You are unique not a copy of someone else, not a copy of a lifestyle that is currently in favour.

You are you, no one else!

So why try to be someone else?

In trying to be someone else, you will end up living a lie!   A lie will make you unhappy, dissatisfied with life, depressed.  Escape from the lie may be found, for a short while, in alcohol, risky behaviour, self harm, eating disorders, drugs!  Escape through credit cards, loans and shopping!  Escape through affairs!  But the the truth will always come to light.

So why try to be someone else?

Because when you can be who you really are, that is when you truly know what it means to be free.  And when you are free, when the real you shines through, that is when you will know real happiness, a happiness that comes straight from the heart.

When you know heartfelt happiness, your smile is genuine and other people will see and feel it.  They will question their own happiness, their own life and some will not see what they want to see.  They are the ones who will laugh at you, criticise you and tell you that you are wrong.

But only when you are who you are supposed to be, can you become all you were meant to be.

So every so often ask yourself who are you being true to and don’t try to be someone else because:

“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” William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

Inspired by:  Daily Prompt: Quote Me


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