Motivational Monday… Be Who You Are Now

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Motivational Monday… Be Who You Are Now


If you are lucky enough to reach adulthood and beyond, you learn that who you are now may not be the person you thought you would be or were on the road to becoming. 


The other day I watched a show where the character had been seriously injured in Iraq. He turned away from his family and thought about what had been denied him. 


“I was fighting myself, trying to be an empty version of what I was before. I need to try and find a way to be who I am now.”

 Life throws us curveballs…places bumps in the road and forces us to take a path we had not planned. 


Plans may have been changed because of an unexpected pregnancy. Many lives took a turn in 1969 with the Vietnam draft. An unfortunate ACL injury has curtailed many football careers. 


We’ve all met people who could never get past who they had planned to become when they hit that curve in the road.  Instead of pushing through, their focus was on what could never be.

Today, accept yourself for who you are NOW. And with that, find a way to move forward. Design that new version of YOU. 

I’m learning how to grow into the space
I was always meant to occupy. 

Jane Shore


You’ve outgrown the version of you that needed to survive. It’s time to become the version of you that’s here to thrive.


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Comments (17)

Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have learned to be excited about the changes in life whereas I once was upset that things didn't go exactly how I was hoping they would.  I leave my life in the hands of God and say thy will be done!

May 15, 2023 05:10 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England that is a very healthy of looking at it!!!    It's something we could all learn to do. 

May 15, 2023 12:22 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great advice, Kathy. Can't live in "woulda, coulda, shoulda land." Your post reminded me of Popeye when he said I yam, what I yam!

May 15, 2023 05:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I agree...the land of woulda, coulda, shoulda doesn't exist. 

May 15, 2023 03:11 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Who are you? I really want to know... as the song goes.

May 15, 2023 05:28 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert probably the hardest thing for anyone to do is come to grip with who they are. 

May 15, 2023 04:06 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

To me this means...Embrace your current self and use it as a foundation to create a compelling future version of you.

May 15, 2023 05:42 AM
Kathy Streib

That's exactly how I see it Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

May 15, 2023 04:07 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Interesting question...Am I the person I thought I would be. That would take some pondering.

May 15, 2023 06:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty and sometimes we have to accept that we will never be but look at who we are now and go from there. 

May 15, 2023 04:08 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Hi Kathy, thank you for sharing this! Also, the quotes are very influential ..

May 15, 2023 07:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Lise Howe I liked the quotes too. 

May 15, 2023 04:41 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

I so agree, be the best "you". Great information. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

May 15, 2023 07:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley  Life doesn't always go as we'd hoped. It's important to assess who we are now and roll with it. 

May 15, 2023 04:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

Excellent advice. You are right life throws us curveballs, bumps in the toad pop up and forces us to take detours we were not expecting.

May 15, 2023 07:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX if we focus on what we used to be we never give our "Today" selves a chance. 

May 15, 2023 04:43 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I like your quote selections and your advice.

Have a great day, Kathy, and an outstanding week.

May 15, 2023 08:09 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Roy Kelley Wishing Chef Dolores a good week as well. 

May 15, 2023 04:44 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy this is very true.  I never would have imagined in my 20's and 30's I would have done in my 50's, 60's, & 70's plus.

May 15, 2023 10:06 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto Nor would I!!!  We can't look at our old selves and expect that person to work in who we are today. 

May 15, 2023 04:45 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy I saw an awesome video of a soldier that lost 4 limbs and quickly figured out while in Walter Reid how to move forward with acceptance and a new vision of his life with the hep of another inspiring retired general.  Now this man in a motivational speaker and a comedian.  I was inspired by him. Whatever little things we have to deal with today is nothing compared to that man!!  What a great guy who is going to do a lot of good for many folks over his years.   As for me, happy to be where I am in this moment and the next and next.....

May 15, 2023 10:52 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

I saw the same video and was very impressed with his tenacity and can do attitude, Anna!

May 15, 2023 03:34 PM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker that is so inspiring to me. Those are the types of stories I love to read.  When I see someone who has endured what the young man you talked about and how he's taken his life forward...using who he is now...I'm inspired. 

May 15, 2023 04:54 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

This is a timely read Kathy Streib 

It resonates with what I told someone the other day. 

We do not need to agree on things.  You just be you, and do you. 

I will be me.  It's okay to disagree. 

May 15, 2023 11:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist that is sorely missing in today's world, don't you think. We have to accept who we are and in turn accept others for who they choose to be. 

May 15, 2023 04:56 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Everyone is met with challenges, Kathy. We have a friend that was severely injured, lost his left arm just below the elbow and his fellow soldiers died, by an IED in Iraq. To date, he has had over 100 surgeries. I cannot imagine what the day-to-day holds for him mentally. Thank goodness for a sense of humor...His license plate says, LEFTHOOK!

May 15, 2023 04:23 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

After all the curve balls that have been thrown my way, you think I would have learned to hit one.  Thankfully, I have learned to deal with anything else that has been thrown my way, so I can live with it.  😃

May 15, 2023 07:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like the quotes, Kathy.  I often think I lived half my life thinking I was one thing, only to learn I was really quite another.

May 15, 2023 08:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  I always wanted to be a pilot and wanted to go to the Air Force Academy.... needless to say my eyesight was not good enough and ended up going to USMA instead.... and I consider myself lucky and grateful where the road lead me to.... even today, Endre

May 15, 2023 08:58 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Sometimes the things that seem like a horrible twist turn out to put us in a far better place.

May 19, 2023 04:22 PM