It’s not your job to pretend.
There’s nothing that feels good about impersonating someone other than who you are for the sole purpose of gaining approval.
It’s okay to be you. To beat to your own drum. To detach from the teat of social consensus in order to practice self-acceptance.
There are a few things more damaging to your self-esteem than to willingly relinquish the right to have and express your own thoughts, beliefs, and values.
Not everyone will like who you really are. But it’s not your job to please the selfish.
Or as Oscar Wilde once said …
“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. Selfishness is asking other people to live as one wishes to live.”
In my opinion, one of the keys to life is to continually ask yourself whose life are you living.
If you don’t like the answer, it’s probably time to stop pretending.
Time to stop pretending that you feel good when you really don’t.
For most of us, the journey begins with letting go of the need for approval and having the courage to be ourselves.
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