“You don’t have to try so hard.You don’t have to give it all away.
You just have get up, get up, get up.
You don’t have to change a single thing”
These are the lyrics from a beautiful song by Colbie Caillet, called Try. Although the song focuses more on women and how society forces them into conforming to a certain description – beautiful, thin, well-dressed, feminine – the meaning can be applied to everyone.
Each one of us, some time or the other, tries to be what others expect us to be.
Smile despite being sad
Laugh at your bosses’ joke
Pretend not to be hurt
All this just so you can fit someone else’s description of what you should be. Ultimately, you have spent so long trying to be someone else’s YOU that you don’t remember what being yourself used to feel like. Live for yourself. Laugh your heart out in a posh restaurant if your friend cracks a joke. Be yourself. It’s hard. People will stare. They may think of you as low-class, but you’re just being you! If everyone put in as much work in being their own version of themselves as they do towards being someone else’s version of themselves, there would be many more natural conversations, lesser jargonified communication and so much more happiness all over.
I want to look in the mirror and see myself. Don’t you?
Today, do something that your you would’ve done, not their you. And share your story in the comments’ section.
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