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A Simple Path – To Being Me

By on Feb 16, 2014

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

After 51 years of trying to be all things to all people, I’m finally learning how to be who I was made to be. It’s not that I think the first half of my life has been wasted, it’s just that I’ve come to the realization that when I honor who I am, then others get the best of me. And, I get the best of myself, too.

Happiness is an inside job. So is peace.

So is love.

What’s the inspiration behind my newfound wisdom? Ironically, it’s weariness.

Not living on purpose has been wearing me out. With the time I have left, I want to feel less anxious and more joyful. I want to start by sharing the gifts I’ve been given and stop feeling frustrated by what I should have or should be doing.

I want to spend the second half of my life just being me:

There is still so much left to do.

I am just me.

I work, I play, I do.

I love, I laugh, I learn, I grow.

There are things I want to see,

Places I want to go,

People I want to meet.

I live life to the fullest.

With a big heart and an open mind.

Not afraid, not ashamed.

Always trying to see the good.

Boldly, unapologetically,

I am me.

I go after my dreams.

I share my heart through my words.

I tell my family, “I love you” every day.

And I hurt when they hurt.

I’m proud of who I am and where I’ve come from.

I’m proud of where I’m going and what I’m doing.

Yes, I’m just me.

No one else can be me.

Sometimes the simple path to being you begins by taking the time to lift your head to see where you are. If you don’t like the terrain you’re standing on, start walking in a different direction.

just be you

What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Please be sure to check out my book on Amazon: 20 Simple Paths to an Amazing Life.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Great post Alex. I’ve started the process of being true to myself by transitioning into the job I love. Even though I’m not there yet, I’ve never felt more alive!

    • Good for you Joel. I respect how you are following your heart and passion! Best wishes on your journey ahead.

  • Balroop Singh

    There surely comes a time when we can say what your poem is highlighting…that is real happiness…living according to our wishes, basking in the glory of our dreams…some accomplished, some that keep cropping up! I also like that stage of life.

    • Hi Balroop – agreed! I don’t want to go back to my 20s, 30s, or 40s. I’m happy right where I am. Thanks so much for visiting today!

  • Frankly Alex, figuring out who we really are, what we were wired to do, what we care about deeply is huge. Deciding to fully be myself and to live comfortably with who God made me to be and what he called me to do is one of the most freeing choices we will ever make.
    Glad you have made it.

    • Hey Doug – You’re so right, it does feel like freedom. Knowing my path is a lot easier than walking on a path that isn’t meant for me. Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s always seeing you and receiving your wisdom.

  • Yes Alex I have been there this past week and yesterday made a shift do your post is so timely. Remins me of I am me – poem by Virginia Satir

    • What a great poem Suzie, thanks for the reminder. It’s good to know that you are shifting with me.