Be like yourself

“There’s only one thing that I know how to do well,
And I’ve often been told that you only can do,
What you know how to do well,
And that’s be you,
Be what you’re like,
Be like yourself.”

– From “Whistling in the Dark” by They Might Be Giants.

Imagine life as a dense, unexplored jungle – a place where paths aren’t handed to you, but made by you. Now imagine having a compass, not your run-of-the-mill kind, but one with a needle that aligns not with the Earth’s magnetic poles, but with your individual spirit. It swings to the rhythm of your heartbeat, the nuances of your personality, the quirks that make you uniquely you. This compass is you – a reflection of your authenticity.

Societal norms and pressures often push us towards well-trodden paths, leading us to suppress our authentic selves. But I argue that it’s this compass, this authenticity, that’s our greatest asset. Just as each person’s fingerprints are unique, so too is the way your compass points. It’s a guide designed by the ins and outs of your personal journey, your values, and your passions.

When we allow ourselves to be genuine, to let our compass point to our true north, we become the creators of our path. We cut through the jungle of life with ease, marking our journey with our unique essence. Each step we take, every path we create, leaves an imprint of who we truly are.

So, when life presents you with a dense jungle and a compass, remember: You are the compass. Your authenticity is your guide. Let your compass point to your true north – be you, be authentic. It’s your unique essence that will carve your path through life’s jungle.

Your journey is not about finding a predetermined path but creating one. Let your authenticity lead the way. Remember, in the jungle of life, there is no greater guide than the compass of your authenticity. Trust in it. Follow it. Be what you’re like. Be like yourself. And watch as your authentic path takes shape in front of you.