Job interview coming up? Just be yourself.
Hot date? Just be yourself
Meeting new people? Your in-laws? The president?
– Just be yourself.
Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Affirming and that. But there’s a couple of problems.
For starters, which self should I be? The needy, demanding child who stomps her feet and yells ‘I WANT’? The nag, cleaning and dreaming of a perfect house and a perfect husband and a perfect life? The Irish joker, quick with banter and a ready grin? The depressive, struggling just to draw a breath? They’re all me at different times. If I’m committing to Being Myself, the question remains – which One?
(Note to inner pedant self: clear off).
Fabulous magazine states clearly that if I want happiness and acceptance I need to be more me. I have been trying. But maybe not enough. Being yourself is a full-time job: especially when others are trying to distract you by doing the same thing.
There may be some casualties. My husband, for example. He thinks I should be praying and going to church. But I’m not sure it’s me. In fact, there’s a lot of stuff I need to change. I’ve always been terrible at maths and PE. But if I really believe in myself, then what’s to stop me being a rocket scientist? Or an astronaut? I don’t have time for training or exams. But I’m ME dammit, and that me was born to walk on the moon. It’s on the NASA website: Astronauts wanted: Just Be Yourself.