Being yourself is an ideal that we are constantly told we should aspire for. It’s a common theme of movies and novels, but what does that really mean? Does that mean we should live life uneditedd and uninhibited? Does it mean I shouldn’t try to improve or change myself or that I shouldn’t care what other people think?
My “self” includes my desire to be perceived a certain way by others and it also includes the vision of myself that I would like to be, am not quite yet. So why should I deny that part of myself in favor of this arbitrary ideal of accepting my true self, because the concept of a true self is not as well defined as we are often made to think.
So I think I’m learning to not try so hard to “be myself” and instead to just “be.”