Forget “should be’s” and stereotypes. Make like Bruno Mars and kiss yourself, you ARE so pretty.
1. The world becomes a little lighter.
You see the universe the way you see yourself. Would you rather be the magnifying glass looking down at the concrete or the telescope looking up to the ~stars~?
2. Energy abounds.
Ditch the commercial for the pill that will make you run faster, cure two diseases, and never sleep because of your newfound energy level (!!!). Not being you is exhausting – constantly thinking and acting for someone else. Being you is like a natural shot of caffeine. So, you can skip the nap. On second thought, naps are life giving. Never skip them.
3. Without explanation, you can belt out “Come Clean” by Hilary Duff.
And other songs you’ve secretly liked, too. No apologies, just harmonies. Cue Laguna Beach.
4. You don’t have to laugh at the joke that’s not funny.
The pity laugh can sometimes be worse than no laugh at all.
5. Mental space clears up.
You get to think of things other than you. Yay! It’s like cleaning your closet or deleting that number. #refreshing
6. You surround yourself with people you love.
People who keep your esteem high. Everyone should feel naturally popular in their friend group. There’s a big difference between people who make you feel like a bad person and those who push you to be a better one.
7. Dance moves reach the next level.
No one says, “Wow, I love how you half-assed ‘Love on Top.’” Make Bey proud with the dance moves only you can do.
8. You help others be themselves.
Exemplify the mentality and watch others follow suit. It’s a funny paradox that people follow a generalized trend to be individually themselves. Consider it community service.
9. You regain control on how you feel.
This is not to underestimate the power of words and other people. But, the confidence inherent in being you is the best kind of armor there is. Suit up.