Motivational Monday…Being YOU

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Motivational Monday…Being YOU


What a perfect way to begin the week by being YOU!  This means the real you…not the YOU others want you to be or that you think others want. 


Today is International Being You Day!  It was created by Dr. Dain Heer 3 years ago.

There are so many pressures to be a certain way…to think along the same lines as your peers.  Many want us to journey along the same path they take in life. 

When I was a young adult, I had what I consider a huge epiphany. I was dating someone who liked to hunt, fish, and go camping every weekend. Having never tried this, I gave it a go. I wouldn’t say that I hated every minute of it, but let’s just say that if I never went camping again, it would be too soon.


My problem was that I thought I needed to enjoy doing all of these things. My huge epiphany was when I realized that it was ok for me to not enjoy hunting and camping. It was who I am…why deny it. 


Once I realized this it felt like a large heavy cloak had been lifted off of me. I was who I am and there is nothing wrong with that. 


It wasn’t as if I was never going to go camping again but it would only be IF it was because I truly wanted to go. 



This weekend one of our family’s new graduates has already reached that Being You status. He chose a small family-focused graduation party rather than a huge blowout like his friends had because he does not like all of the attention and focus. He knows who he is and is comfortable with his choices.


Life truly begins when you discover who you are and not only accept it but embrace it as well. 


Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

 Ralph Waldo Emerson



Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.

 Ralph Waldo Emerson


The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.

 Leo Buscaglia


You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?

 Dr. Seuss


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Comments (26)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When people try to be someone they are not, it rarely works out very well.  Being true to ourselves is a wonderful way to live life!

May 22, 2023 05:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England it makes life don't have to remember what you just are. 

May 22, 2023 10:24 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It does make all of the difference, but it is a difficult task, at least it was for me

May 22, 2023 05:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Ray Henson that's how it is or was for many of us. I've known very few  people who were comfortable in their own skin at a young age. Usually, we get that way after years of working hard to be what we aren't. 

May 22, 2023 10:25 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

Once you discover who you are and are happy with you the revelation makes it easy to move forward! My favorite quote on this topic has always been: Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

May 22, 2023 06:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX   Peer pressure on our young people is so strong, I wonder how and when they will discover who they are and begin to live a happier life. 

May 22, 2023 10:28 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning, Kathy.
Well, this brings back a lot of memories. When I was young, I had a lot of expectations put on me by my guardians. If I deviated, there were consequences. It was such a sense of freedom when I became an adult and could choose to focus on being me. I'm far from perfect but I'm being the best me I can.

May 22, 2023 07:18 AM
Kathy Streib

That had to have been hard Carol Williams I like to say that I'm a work in progress. 

May 22, 2023 10:35 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy the only camping I enjoy is at camp "Hilton" ..... LOL

May 22, 2023 07:35 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto I know many people in your "camp."  I'm glad for the experience and the fknowledge that I could if I had to. 

May 22, 2023 10:36 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I love your message and love the quotes, especially:

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde


May 22, 2023 07:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Marte Cliff    I've had epiphanies in my life and they were like someone banged a huge drum over my head to wake me up. 

May 22, 2023 10:38 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have never had an issue with being myself and more often than not it was a point of concern for those near to me.  The expression: My oh my look at Ed dance, everyone else is out of step rings true to me.

May 22, 2023 07:57 AM
Kathy Streib

You are very lucky Ed Silva I love being with people who feel comfortable with who they are. 

May 22, 2023 10:39 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I see to many people trying to be what others want them to be. Why do we care what others think?

May 22, 2023 10:34 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Lots of great YOU quotes Kathy!  My favorite of all time - which my Mom said often to all of us kids....

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde


May 22, 2023 10:36 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib You can not truly love others until you love yourself-  Happy Monday 

May 22, 2023 12:09 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Nice post this Monday Kathy.  What you have to say along with the quotes fit very well.  Mark

May 22, 2023 01:28 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy my wife is not a camping person at all when I love to fish camp and hunt, she wants motels with a bed and tv always.

May 22, 2023 02:10 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

You struck a chord when you mentioned camping.  When Rick and I were first married, we would go to the Colorado River and lakes with our boat.  We did a lot of camping and boating.  We borrowed a 40-foot motor home and took the boat.  It was still camping.  I finally had it with camping and have never done it again. I could tell you some stories!  I would say that was my moment.

May 22, 2023 05:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Kathy, I loved the part of the story that you address dating someone who had interests you didn't share.  I had a similar experience.  I dated a guy for a few months, who had everything a gal would supposedly want.  He was a well respected doctor.  He was kind, and very funny.  However, he was an avid racket ball player, and liked to run on weekends.  He thought I should go along.  Finally, one hot 104 degree Sacramento August Day, we were running along the American River Parkway. I began feeling faint.  While resting on a nearby lawn, I looked at him and said, "You like to play racket ball and run.  I don't.  I like to swim, and you don't.  Somehow, I don't believe this is going to work out for us."  We moved on!. . .Next!

May 22, 2023 08:57 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your quote selections are good reminders for all of us.

I will share one on Facebook.

Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.

 Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 23, 2023 08:44 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love this post!  Good for you for cutting through the weeds!  It's much simpler to forget all the ancillary stuff and just be yourself :) 

May 23, 2023 04:40 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Not being your authentic self is very painful. Unfortunately we sometimes don't learn that lesson until much later in life.

Your camping experience reminds me of my boating experience. LOL

We are currently "camping" but our version would not be even considered camping by most campers. I don't do well without all the luxuries. 

May 24, 2023 12:29 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Kathy!  Beautifully written post on 'being yourself.'  Oscar Wilde has a nice quote in step with your post:  "Be yourself;  everyone else is already taken."

May 26, 2023 12:22 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

When my children were little and into their teens we went camping all the time.  i loved it, they loved it, and today -- life has taken many turns since then -- I enjoy being in a hotel or motel or B&B or Tent or Camper!!!

May 31, 2023 09:27 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

This really resonates.  As a new agent trainer, I used to always, ALWAYS, remind people to be themselves, no one else.  As individuals, we make our own connections - often for life.  Why would we want to be anyone else??!!  

May 31, 2023 10:34 AM