Show Me Who You Are

Show me who you are. Who you really are.

I’m so tired of this false world. Tired of the same words, the same faces, the same sentiments, the same talk, the same … nothingness.

If you CrossFit, that used to tell me something. So too your “Wodkilla” shirt or your funky socks, or that “Mess You Up” beanie on your head. Now, your shirt, despite those words and symbols on it, says nothing to me. I have seen too many of the same. Now I need to see you.

Who are you?

Be real.

Be angry if you’re angry.

Be happy. Be love. Be envy. Be kindness. Be greed. Be hungry. Be laughter. Be sadness. Be light. Be the dark, in all its terrifying void, if that’s what you need to be right now.

But be SOMETHING.

Don’t be who you think you should be. Be who you are, and who you’re scared to be. Scared to show. Scared to yell, scared to whisper. Be that person. The one you’ve hidden all these years. The one who speaks your real name. The one who whispers in the language only you understand.

Don’t be like all the rest. I know you’re not, underneath, so stop trying to fit into the herd. There is safety there, but the price is too high. The price is your soul. And, please, do not give up your soul for anybody or anything. Resist.

So much of the world seems to be dying that if you’re alive — really alive — I want to know it.

I need to know it. I need to know it like I need to breathe air.

Show me who you are.

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“Passion is never enough; neither is skill. But try. For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.” — Toni Morrison, “The Nobel Lecture”

 

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LizRoverBailey
LizRoverBailey

Who am I?  I am unexpected.  Sweet, with a little bit of spice.  Or contrary and cantankerous with a lot of kindness.  I am strong and unstoppable, with some shy and tentative thrown in.  Show YOU who I am?  I barely show myself.

PamelaMKramer
PamelaMKramer

I love this too! 

I'm pretty comfortable with who I am and don't have a problem being me, now. Wonder if that comes with age. I think the 40's have been very good to me. You couldn't tell me anything in my 20's. Now I keep my mouth shut and my ears open more. 


Not because I don't have things to say but because I find more lessons in observation.

ThisDaddys_Blog
ThisDaddys_Blog

I love this. This may be one of my favorites. I am not who I used to be and that sucks. I need to get back to that. I used to be the crazy fun positive husband father that always saw the bright side.  Now I am half of that.  I am a happy husband and father but miserable the other half.  


I think I will print this one out and read it again when I feel lost.  Thanks