Being yourself takes courage. We often take on personas and characteristics in a weird sort of assimilation. Whether its through proximity, or feelings of admiration we tend to emulate and imitate another. Often times, it is also out of insecurity. Because for reasons that are our own, we are constantly aware of how the world sees us, which is perhaps in part because of how we see the world.
Being yourself lays you open. It leaves you raw. And that added persona is perhaps the covering we use as protection. Because when the world rejects your persona, it hits your covering. But when the world rejects you, that hits home.
The fact is though that you will be loved, and or hated regardless. And to me, you might as well be hated for being yourself than loved for being someone else. It takes courage. It takes everything you have and all that you are but imagine what it feels like when you’re loved for being you. Even more, imagine what it feels like when you love yourself for being you.
And I’ll also tell you this…courage that’s found should never be denied.