How To Be Your Unapologetic Self And Live Your Truth

Seek solitude and rebel.

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.