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Has there ever been a time in your life when you feel “If only I could be that person” or have you ever wanted something but was just not sure of what others might think of you?
Have you ever felt like changing your image that people have of you?
I know I have been in these situations many times.
The good news is you can!
In all of us there is a little voice that is very contradictory by nature. It may be the mischievous one, the playful one, the sexy one (ahem!), or the more serious, practical and logical one.
It’s just that we do not pay much attention to it.
We believe the persona that is externally visible is the one we need to nurture.
Well, you may be a little bit off target here. You see that inner voice is actually the real one.
Welcome to the ‘Other You’
I can vouch for this fact because I am living proof. I have two very strong personas buried deep within me. And, I have also seen the folly of giving too much attention to only one.
I may be lucky in that I have two first names. And both are extremely contrasting in meaning as well. While using one I automatically become a more matured, serious, responsible individual who is willing to put others happiness before her own. But when I switch to the other persona, magically my thoughts and behaviour transform into a self confident, no nonsense, frank and independent girl-woman. Yes, this is the one that gets me into a lot of trouble😉
Surprisingly, I love the latter me, which I have only recently discovered and understood.
You see, we change ourselves so much to please others or to get certain privileges that we lose out on what really means a lot to us. We sacrifice ourselves and because it is a done thing we don’t really think much about it. Till we come face to face with a situation that tests our inner self. That’s when we crumble, we are torn, not willing to give in.
During my growing years everytime my ‘latter me’ tried to make its presence felt it was subdued by strict parenting. So, to me that was rebellious. I was not allowed to give it a voice.
Luckily for me I got the opportunity quite late in my life. And, it has opened a Pandora’s Box of immense opportunity for me. It has allowed me to add meaning to my life.
I need both my personas to keep me grounded and balanced, because that is who I really am.
No, I do not have a medical problem!😉
It just that I believe we should be true to who we really are. Do not misrepresent yourself. You have a lot of potential and sometimes it is that inner voice that gives you the inspiration and motivation to take that extra step.
It is the one who believes in you.