“Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed: nature never pretends.” – Johann Kaspar Lavater, Select Maxims, 1831, p. 234
If you were to immediately cease all efforts to present yourself in a certain way, to make something of yourself that you presently are not or to change others on the same basis, how much more time do you suppose you would have in a day? In a world driven by appearance, it is easy to overlook the option that we all have: being ourselves.
To be yourself, you must drop all pretense. You must let go of the past with your left hand and release the future from the grasp of your right. You must come to rest in the moment as you now are. It sounds so easy and makes perfect sense (at least in our more rational moments), but to come to the point where you are at peace with how you are, where you are and who you are at the moment – genuinely, unapologetically, and without your fingers crossed – you must take specific action.
Let go of pretense and let go to the real you!