First things first, a cookie for anyone who recognizes the above song lyric and can name both song and band.
Anyway, I happened to think of that particular song lyric today (even though the song referenced above has nothing to do with the content of this post) reading a comment one of my closest friends left on a Facebook status update last night. Here’s what she said:
Too many people go to the grave not ever living their true life and their true self… that’s what’s a shame. Being you and embracing it is a beautiful, freeing thing. I love you sweet friend.
This was in response to a little personal quip asking how long it would take someone to make a smart remark about my new winter look (answer: not long). Oh well, I’m not going to let such remarks get to me. I will keep on being me and making no apologies for it.
Alas, I wasn’t always that way. I lived a lie for so long. I covered up who I was inside. I put on a false front and wore a mask forever, and it was so draining. Granted, sometimes it is easier to live a lie on the surface, for fear of judgment, ridicule, criticism, etc. However, when we get the courage to be who we really are, it’s so liberating.
So where are you? Are you telling the truth or living a lie? Think about that today. If you’re telling the truth, good for you. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir. If you’re living a lie, be bold and tell the truth for a change. You’ll be surprised at how much better and more confident you feel, even if it comes at the expense of judgment and ridicule. That says more about them than it does you.
Peace be with you today.