I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Who do you think you are?

on December 21, 2015

Do you know who you are?  Many of us go through life trying to live up to someone else’s expectations.   We put on masks and build walls, pretending that we are somebody else.  We don’t want people to see us as we really are because we are afraid they won’t like us or respect us.

As a child, we are taught how to behave in different situations.  We are told how to dress, how to act, how to talk.  We are told what we should do and shouldn’t do.  This helps us learn but if we aren’t encouraged to be an individual and supported in our uniqueness, we can forget who we really are.  We have to develop our own personality and not live our lives according to the expectations of someone else.

Our parents can expect us to follow a certain path in life but this may not be what we want to do.  Our friends can expect that we engage in certain behaviours that we know will cause harm.  Our teachers or co-workers can expect us to accomplish things that we are not capable of doing.   The media can try to convince us to do things that we are not comfortable with.  If we start believing that our worth is found in doing what other people expect, we can soon lose our unique identity.

We need to let go of who we think we should be and start becoming who we really are.  Stop living up to other people’s expectations and live up to your own expectations.  What do you expect of yourself?  What do you want to accomplish in life?  What do you want other people to remember you for?

Think about what makes you a valuable person.  What are your abilities?  What are your positive characteristics?  What are you good at doing?  How do you interact with other people?  We are all unique and special in our own way.  Use what you have learned and work on becoming the best person you can be.

So, who do you think you are?  Let go of what you are not and hold on to what you really are!  Be authentic!  Be honest! Be real!



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