It seems as though almost every time you scroll online, you see an article, a quote, a picture or a frame that says “be yourself”, “be you”, or “do you”. You might have heard of the popular phrase “do you boo”, because you know no one does you like you. These are all cute inspirational phrases and thoughts, but do we believe it? Has it become such ordinary advice that it passes us by? Do you know what doing you is? That is a tongue twister (and bad English) but maybe you are catching on.
Doing you means that you celebrate your uniqueness. Doing you means that you do not want to be a cookie cutter. When you “do you” it means that you do not try to downplay or shy away from who you really are. It means that you rock your own fashion style. It means you are not afraid to look crazy dancing to your favorite song or you are not too embarrassed if you snort by laughing at something hilarious. Doing you means that you shine from the inside out because you ooze poise and confidence in yourself. When you “do you”, you carry yourself with dignity and respect because you know you are valuable. Becoming at ease with doing you is like learning to create beautiful art, because as with any new artist learning their skill, the beginning stages can be messy and the process shaky.
The messiness of learning to do you starts within. Too often we insult ourselves and put ourselves down when we are not where we want to be. We judge the painting before it is finished. What is even worse is that we compare our painting to someone else’s painting. But comparing will only make us feel worse and less comfortable with who we are. You cannot gain any skill in “doing you” that way.
It means that you find out what you like and do not like. It even means that you acknowledge the things that you want to grow and improve on as an individual. You may not be where you want to be at this moment, but each day you can be further away from who you use to be.
It might be opposite for you. Maybe who you are right now is not really “doing you”. Maybe you do not even recognize who you are anymore. You might have been hurt so deep. Your heart may have grown cold towards life. Maybe you stopped “doing you” back in middle school when all you wanted to do was fit in. Maybe you have constantly let people shape you and tell you how you should do things and who you should be. Somewhere along the way you stopped doing you because you felt like you were not anything special in this world. Let me tell you this. It would be invalid to think the God, who created the entire universe in all its vast and splendor, would be so mundane when it came to creating us, because none of us were created with an elementary design. You were created with beauty, purpose, gifts, and talents that you may not even know you have yet. Those gifts and talents only you can rock. There is no human that is an exact replicate of you. Even your very fingers prints are different than anyone else. You are not ordinary. You are extraordinary. How unique and amazing are you!
Doing you is a skill that takes some time to develop especially in a society that encourages you to be anyone but yourself. Becoming at ease with “doing you” is a process but the outcome is remarkable when you are living it. Do not talk yourself out of doing you. Pick up the paint brush and begin working on you. Your masterpiece is needed. It has a spot in the exhibit of life called history. You can make your gallery meaningful just by doing you!
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – e.e. cummings
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Love, Naomi Noel