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.”
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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