I once heard a quote that really resonated with me which was, “Be yourself because everyone else is taken.”
We spend so much of our lives conforming to other people’s expectations and beliefs which results in us being disconnected from who we really are.
It has often been said that the opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity.
When we start conforming or stop being ourselves, it can have some detrimental consequences, either physically, mentally, emotionally or relationally.
I remember when I was in a career I did not enjoy, I felt trapped, unhappy and thought I didn’t have options to do something different. For years, I kept doing the same things over and over again at work, which was neither interesting, rewarding or even stimulating.