What does it actually mean to “being yourself”?
I have a tattoo on my left arm with this two-word directive: “Be yourself,” but as my girlfriend’s five-year-old sister asked me once, “How can you not be yourself?”
I remember pausing in a way adults pause when they haven’t thought about something from that particular angle.
It turns out you can.
Addressing budding poets and writers, the poet E.E.Cummings wrote:
“A lot of people think or believe or know they feel — but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling — not knowing or believing or thinking.
Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.”
This is a piece about how to be true to yourself in a world full of noise.
The founder of the Post-Grad Survival Guide publication and viral blogger, Tom Kuegler, wrote about this piece:
I see myself in his writing so much and his work echoes a lot of the same thoughts I had 3-4 years ago. Love his writing style, too. No pulled punches.