Spend our childhood trying to fit in and our professional life trying to stand out. Why not stand in who you are?
Last year, someone pointed out to me that we spend all our childhood trying to fit in. We then try to spend our entire adult life trying to stand out from the crowd. For all ages, after discovering we are an individual as a toddler, we want to be accepted, yet set apart enough to be seen as unique. As teenagers, our society in the U.S. gives us permission to say, “I AM” and then to define what that is. We tend to change the definition of “I AM” as we mature (not age). Standing in whom we are means opening up ourselves to our own approval.
To looking at our hearts and seeing ourselves for the amazing creature we are.
It means we look at our bodies and take care of them, because THIS particular body is the only one we’ll have during this lifetime – whether you go cyborg or not.
Being who we are as “I AM” means finding the internal life of your heart and mind and accepting it as YOU.
We want to stop bullying, yet perpetuate the belief in ourselves, neighborhoods, cities, countries that to be different is wrong. WHAT?! Yes. Even with all the arts celebrated, religions practices, lifestyles lived, fashion choices made, nerds and fashionistas alike – we all want acceptance of our individuality, yet punk on those that don’t understand, or punk on those with different views from ours.
How do we stop this? There’s a million answers available. Mine is simple: Stand in whom you are.
It gives you room to celebrate others rather than to…not.
What are some of the things you do to stand within yourself? Share your way of being an individual in the comments below and then share the post too.