Never Be Afraid to Be You

I don’t know why this is on my mind right now, but I just feel the need to write about how important it is to be yourself.

I’ve spent a lot of my life being the Jessica other people thought I should be. I found that as I transitioned from high school to undergrad I kind of lost myself – not necessarily in a bad way, I just took on a different persona. Now that I’m finishing up grad school I finally feel like I’m being…myself.

One thing I know for sure is that life is not a popularity contest.

Unfortunately people get caught up in trying to please others and it just leads to a dead end every time. You can not and will not be able to please everyone. If those around you can’t accept you for who you are, they are not worthy of being in your circle.

I’ve really begun to embrace my differences and all the things that make me unique. I no longer feel like I have to look a certain way, dress a certain way or speak a certain way to be considered “cool” for lack of a better term.

I don’t like the club – but as and when I go, I do have a good time (I’m no party pooper). I like to practice yoga and meditation. I enjoy reading books and articles that stimulate my mind, while entertaining me. I love to talk. I create vision boards. I have a plan, dreams and I’m doing whatever I can to reach them. I like all types of music. I don’t like to shop. I enjoy writing. I’m me!

It saddens me when I see people put on these roles just to be accepted. That is no way to live each day. I encourage you to be brave enough to be you – everyone is made in their own unique way, so don’t try and be like someone else.

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