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.
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.
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.