“Be yourself” is a blanket statement so over-repeated and thus devoid of meaning that I have taken it upon myself to dispel the notion that “Be yourself” is anything but senseless.
Who is “myself?” He is a bore! And I am afraid that your self is a complete bore as well.
Now, this is not meant to be an attack on your life and the style in which you lead it. I am positive that they are all wonderful in their own quaint, little way…I simply see fallacy where others may draw strength. You see, to be “yourself”, you must know “yourself”. And therein lies the issue.
To know something, including what you may purport to be “yourself”, is to freeze it in stasis. Once introduced to a new concept, any new concept at all, we internalize the information, making it static in our memory banks, ready to be recalled on if we are so unfortunate to be called upon to apply the information. This is why being yourself is senseless. To be yourself, you must know yourself and knowing yourself inhibits your capacity for fluidic changes as the “yourself” you know is constant. Fixed.
I liken knowing yourself to lepidoptery. Rather than letting the pretty butterfly float on the breeze wherever they please, a pin is slid through the thorax to preserve them in their current state for proper labeling. And so soon after they have emerged from the cocoon. Shame. Who knows what they could have metamorphosed into next? Perhaps a giant moth-monster? Sadly, we will never know because its growth was made static by the pin.
So, be yourself? I don’t think so. I’d prefer to be someone that can change, grow, someone that isn’t tied down to preconceived notions of what it means to be me. Instead, I prefer to be the person I want to be. And though this mindset does come with feelings of fraudulence, striving to be the person you want to be rather than the person you are can nurture a drive and ambition you severely lack because only the unambitious would have the patience to read this.
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