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Are you willing to show the world who you are?

My daughter and I saw the movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In the movie, the mom tried to encourage her daughter after she was escorted off the stage in the middle of a school play, by saying, “You were willing to show the world who you are.”

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You were willing to show the world who you are.

I had to write this down.

I couldn’t find a pencil in my purse.

I had to write down what the mother said. I wanted to remember the exact line. A writer and no pencil. In my purse I had a notebook and four tubes of lipgloss, one tube of red lipstick, one tube of purple lipstick. a tape measure, two toothpicks. an erasure and an apple.

For the rest of the movie I kept repeating the line in my head, You were willing to show the world who you are. You were willing to show the world who you are. You were willing to show the world who you are. You were willing to show the world who you are.

The daughter was willing to risk failure to show the world who she was. 

We are not guaranteed an A on every effort. The goal is to be honest and real, to pull back the hands from our face and be who we are.

The success of her efforts was not what was important, but that she tried. 

I have not always tried. It is easier to be who I am if I know I will succeed at what I do. So I hesitate. I stall. I take another bath, paint another room in the house. Scrub the floors, rearrange the furniture, and say, “I will do it tomorrow.”

Today, let’s try. Lets be willing to be who we are.

There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Are you willing to show the world who you are?

Who are you? The real you who likes to paint rocks. The real you who has always wanted to swim but you are afraid of the deep end.  The real you who is a writer but your stories have never been read. The real you who wants to act in a community theater but you are afraid not getting the part.

Be willing to show the world who you are. Take a risk. The joy will come in the doing.

Take your hands away from your face and let the world see you.

The world needs to see you. The real you.

What have you always wanted to do? Who are you really?

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About Pamela Hodges

I write slice of life stories to help you know you are loved, valuable and worthy just as you are. I am a writer, an artist, and a cleaner of seven litter boxes. I live in Pennsylvania with one husband, four cats, one dog and two birds.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • DA Schuhow

    Oh, I am sharing this with my depression “group”.

  • nlazaris

    Pamela,

    Your wonderful Post reminded me of a simple, yet profound, quote
    I read years ago – Our goal in life is “To BE, rather than to Seem.”

    • Thank you Nick for sharing the quote.

      May we always “Be.”

  • We are not guaranteed an A on every effort. We are not guaranteed an A on every effort. We are not guaranteed an A on every effort. We are not guaranteed an A on every effort. Writing is like moving our hands from in front of our face to let people see who we are. I’m glad you saw this movie.

    • Thank you Shelley,
      I am glad too.
      The trick is to not care. I haven’t gotten there yet. But I have removed my hands from in front of my face.

  • Love this post!

  • Berdeane Bodley

    What a great read, as usual, best of all for me was being able to see your hands & fingers
    for real, and your arms, you’re so far away it is a real treat to be able to see those parts of you I hold so dear. And that my dear daughter is who I am……..I love you…….Mom

  • La McCoy

    Sometimes i am and sometimes i hide. Like Pooh. Edel is willing. Flip her go button and she is full speed ahead.

    • Hello Laura,
      When you are hiding is Edelweiss sitting with you. Having a friend when we want to be alone makes life so much better.
      Pooh says hello.

      • La McCoy

        Yes Pamela Edel will hide with me as long as she can stand it. then she wants to GO!

  • Bravo, Pamela, great advice!

    • Hi John,
      Thank you. Now I have to go and follow my own advice. I stalled by mowing the lawn, now I will paint.

  • Stace

    Today my son, all on his own, chose to wear a cross necklace to school to show the world who he is.

    • Hi Stace,
      A brave lad. Showing his faith to the world. And a proud mommy.

  • My dearest Pamela,
    I am willing to show the world who I am. I am a writer.
    I will risk failure to tell the world my stories.
    xo
    love Pooh,
    p.s Thank you for typing my stories Mrs. Hodges

    • Hello Pooh.
      Yes, you are a writer. I will always type your stories Pooh.
      xo
      Love Mrs. Hodges