Why Living True To Yourself Is Important
Do you know who you are? Underneath all the layers of different peoples opinions, social conditioning, and stereotyping, who are you at your core?
To me, that is a question most people avoid or have no interest in pursuing. They are comfortable and that’s enough for them. However, I don’t think I will ever be comfortable in life. I push myself constantly to reach the next level of me: a better me, stronger me, kinder me. And that’s not to say I’m never satisfied with myself. I am extremely proud of who I’ve become and what I’ve accomplished, yet an intense drive to never settle is hard wired into me.
I think people have a skewed misconception when it comes to the idea of always looking to the future. Most people will say you live to in the future, that you’ll never find true happiness that way. I say most people live too in the present. They are stagnant.
“Don’t spend all your time trying to FIND yourself. Spend your time CREATING yourself into a person that you’ll be proud of.” – Sonya Parker
The future is shrewd with anxiety and negativity and that’s just not always true. It’s a chance to achieve your highest goals and create to live the life you are working towards. It’s growth and possibility. And sure, things won’t always work out the way we think they will, but often times they fall together even better than we could ever wish.
It’s okay to live in the future as long as you’re happy in the present too. Be true to yourself, whatever that looks like. People won’t always understand it and that’s okay because you have a God who sees you for you and loves you endlessly. It’s essential we honor God so that we can honor ourselves. He wants a bright future for us just like we want.
Find your dreams, whatever lights up your eyes, and go towards it. There will be obstacles, but don’t give up. When you are true to yourself, setbacks won’t feel like a personal attack. It’s not a flaw in you, but God building your character. Embrace the struggle, don’t shy away from it. God is before you, the path is already laid out to follow.
I always like to think of a shepherd leading sheep, as God leading us. The trail will seem like it disappears at times, but if we keep faith, we will realize we’ve been on the right path the whole time. It can be tempting to lead ourselves down a path we think is safe, but often times, more than not, that trail is a deer trail that leads you deeper into the forest, by personal experience. The right path isn’t always easy.
We can easily be led astray, but when we are rooted in who we are, it is easier to weather the storms of life. Be flexible with your yourself. You can bend without breaking. It’s alright to change your mind, as long as you knowing who is leading you. The path isn’t always obvious, but it’s there waiting for you. Wonder and wander.