From Your CRIT Counselor: Be Yourself

“Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy.“

Be yourself. Be authentic. We hear that a lot nowadays. However, it is hard to be yourself when you do not know who you are. We know what we are. We are sons/daughters, husbands/wives/partners, employees, employers, co-workers, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, caregivers, and so on. 

We spend so much time trying to impress others. We change our appearance, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings for others. We want to fit in and feel accepted. What is most important is that we accept ourselves. The longest relationship you will ever have is with yourself. I encourage you to work on that relationship. Find out who you are that includes your likes and dislikes, qualities, and areas of improvement. I have seen how other relationships and situations improve when we are comfortable, accepting, and loving of ourselves.

The original is worth more because it is unique. It is the first of its kind. You are unique, and there is no one like you. No one has seen or experienced what you have. Be comfortable being yourself.