Hey, how are ya?!
After reflecting upon this past year, I began asking myself questions:
- Who do I want to be?
- What person can I emulate?
- How can I be one of the greats, like someone else?
- Why do I want to be like them?
Those tricky but straightforward questions made me stop and think about one of the best things I am doing and that we all should do. Understanding Yourself for who you are and not trying to be someone else.
The journey of understanding myself has taken many years, and I evidently still get side-tracked sometimes. I know that this process of understanding will be a forever-going. However, I’ve come a long way.
I aspired to be a celebrity or professional athlete throughout my childhood years. I would even try and mimic people like Leonardo Dicaprio, John Mayer, and Kobe Bryant. I wanted to be the next great, but life had other plans for me.
Facing the effects of FA was terrifying. On top of those issues, seeing people on the Internet who look like someone made them in an Abercrombie & Fitch laboratory crushed my self-esteem. People who look like a supermodel, or are incredible singers or are superior athletes.
These individuals made me believe that I’ll only be comfortable in my skin if I try to be like them.
After years of pretending to act like someone else, I stopped. Asking myself another simple question, “who cares?” The only opinions that matter to me are my loved ones and my own.
There is no point in trying to be like someone that is not you. If you continuously work to understand yourself for who you are and not someone else, only great things will come.
“Let go of who you think you are supposed to be and be who you are.”
One Love, Joey