Friday, August 29, 2008

On being "you".

As I was vacuuming out my car this morning, I was thinking about some blogs I read. That lead me to start thinking about what I would say to my kids, if I knew I wasn't going to be around anymore.

Morbid, I know, but stay with me here.

I get so tired of people saying things like, "That doesn't sound like you."
What SHOULD it mean to be you? To act like yourself?

Here's what I think:
Acting with conviction for that, and for whom, in which you believe.

I wasted too many years believing things like, Christians couldn't be environmentalists, and could only vote republican. I made the choice to let others define who I was. And what's worse, believing something else entirely.

Years wasted, afraid of hurting feelings, and stepping on toes.

Being "you" means embracing what and whom you believe in, and acting on it.

Who I am today, who "you" are, may not be who we are tomorrow, but I am convinced that it does indeed sound just like me.


Mary said...

I think the hardest part for a lot off us is just figuring out what that really looks like, to be "you" sounds so simple, but can be so hard to put into practice. I am glad you are able to do it. I like "you" :)

Morgan said...

Well put.

steffany said...

love this, so true of me as well.

jessie68 said...

You are absolutely right. Define yourself! You go girl.