I love the famous Kurt Cobain quote: “I’d rather be hated for who I am,
than loved for who I am not.” It screams courage, originality and the need to
live life embracing all that you are: the good, the bad and the ugly.
It’s easy to like the parts of ourselves we are proud of, not so easy to embrace qualities we know we need to work on. And so we hide or bury those parts. But chances are we aren’t fooling anyone. Admitting to ourselves we are a work in progress, choosing to examine our shadow side rather than ignoring it, can help in living a truly authentic life.
Embrace your quirks and spend time with people who accept you for who you are. Reflect on the qualities about yourself you like and those you don’t. Set your sights on becoming who you want to be, regardless of your age.
So many fall into the trap of being people pleasers, often at the expense of themselves. Not a great idea. It’s a no win situation. So be real, be honest and accountable for whom you are. Being authentic means being true to yourself.
In short, OWN it!