At the beginning of this month, I invited readers of the New Beginnings newsletter to join me in the pursuit of being oneself. The work of integrating the many roles we play and the quirks that make us who we are is not easy, but the reward of an authentic life makes the challenge worthwhile.
No matter how disciplined we are in our routines and how carefully we craft our self-image, we are all full of contradictions. When at work we may drill down, silently focused on executing the task at hand; while at a dinner gathering with friends just an hour later we might be the life of the party. We may insist on a pristine, organized desk but choose to let chaos and clutter reign in the kitchen. We might confidently command dozens of students through a bold, energetic class but shy away from one-on-one small talk before or after. These types of inconsistencies are integral to who we are; rather than trying to explain or justify, it can be freeing to embrace them.
Can you stop trying to mask your imperfections and instead see the beauty they reveal?