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Being yourself means aligning your beliefs, words, and, actions. You are the one controlling your actions. You are not depending on anyone else to dictate the pace for you, as you are simply accountable to yourself. You are not making any attempt to falsify your true self, in order to gain grounds. Rather, you are projecting your own nature. Note that there is no other you. It is not possible for you to unfold what is in you when you are not being yourself. Consequently, this is a necessary trait to possess, in order for one's gift to be his power. Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of America's greatest writers, a philosopher and essayist once said that "to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

It baffles me the way some people falsify the personality in them. You have to reject the spirit of false life. As Alan Watts, a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience, puts it: "Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be." The person who is a jerk to others and the person who is afraid of social situations are both not being themselves. Their life is just being covered with conditioned, fear-based thinking.

False Identity

Sometimes, we find ourselves doing what it takes for the other person to accept us. In most cases, these actions are detrimental to our true essence, and we cannot play such role for long. We refrain from being ourselves, for fear of being rejected or unaccommodated. You do not even realise that if you are chosen by the other person under that circumstance, it is not 'you' the person has chosen, but that artificial person you claim to be. You can only imagine what happens when you go back to your normal self. Do you not feel it can be disastrous? The consequence is that you must consistently be this 'someone else' you thought you should be, to keep what the other person has given you, leading to unhappiness.

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The case of revealing a false identity to people is a practical example of not being one's self. Why should one say one is a lawyer, when one is really a carpenter or petty trader? Is it because you want to 'raise' your social status? You may even fall into the hands of someone whose flair is not for lawyers, but for carpenters or traders. So, the best bet is being you.

It is due to being 'fake' that people indulge in a lot of atrocities. Align your actions with your thoughts and beliefs. Do not practise the notorious slogan of "Do what I say, but don't do what I do." Do not imagine yourself to be someone else, so that you can practically figure out the best you can do with your true self. There are those who boast of things that they are not. Putting it in context, telling other students, for example, th

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