During my drive into work each morning, I always have the radio on. I hear commercials I know I have heard a million and one times. This morning was different. There was a commercial with Mackelmore (for the life of me I can’t remember what it was for – probably Dr. Pepper, I really should know this). Anyways, he was talking about knowing who you are. Mackelmore mentioned how he and his buddy, Ryan Lewis, made the decision to produce and do all of their own work, not to sign with a label, to keep everything authentic to themselves. I knew I loved his songs, but this just made me like him even just a bit more. He talked about not giving in, and being the true, authentic YOU.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
— Steve Jobs June 2005
I love this message. Don’t try to fit the mold that society thinks you should fit. Be you, and only you. This is one thing that I have worked so very hard at since my divorce 3 years ago. For so many years, I had tried to fit a mold, I tried to be who I thought I was supposed to be. It never really felt right. Then I really looked deep inside, and finally gave myself permission to be me, the true me, the person I was meant to be. And let me tell you, it’s amazing!
When you know yourself, you are empowered. When you accept yourself, you are invincible.
— Tina Lifford
It really got me thinking, who am I?
– I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a granddaughter.
– I am a fiance, soon to be a wife, to a wonderful man.
– I am an artist with a very creative mind.
– I am admittedly weird, and I have finally embraced that.
– I am an optimist.
– I am a servant.
– I am meant to be a mother someday.
– I am a caregiver.
– I am educated.
– I am a child of God.
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
— Dr. Seuss
Who are you?