From time to time, we’ve all been guilty of putting on public persona of strength and integrity, an edited version of ourselves closer aligned with what we consider to be socially acceptable. From subduing elation when experiencing personal achievement to holding back tears in a moment of despair, bottling up our emotions is fighting against our most natural human instincts. How depressing a thought it is that we could be filtering our responses during the times in life that provide us with the fondest memories in years to come.
For example, I can distinctly recall my final day of secondary education after spending what seemed like an eternity of learning, growing and bonding with my fellow classmates. Dubbed ‘Muck-up Day’ in Australia due to the rebellious (within reason) behaviour permitted for the matriculation year, this day is a rollercoaster of emotions for all. However unlike my classmates, I refused to allow myself to shed a single tear and become emotional. As such, I failed to truly immerse myself in this rite-of-passage and missed out on experiencing the glorious joy and sorrow that this day rightfully deserved.
This is but one example of how we can allow ego to dictate how we inwardly and outwardly experience all that life has to offer. Life is simply too short to waste on an unfulfilling fabrication of the self – an entirely counterproductive practice when taking in to consideration that it is our humanness which enables us to develop closer, more meaningful bonds with others. Why waste another minute then – there is no better time than right now to choose to live a life for yourself, as yourself.