The Importance of Staying True to Yourself

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staying true to yourself

Weekly Reflection: Staying True To Yourself

It’s that time again to reflect on another amazing week. An amazing week in this beautiful adventure that is called life.

As I reflect back on the week, what stood out to me the most (and the area that I want to continue to improve on) is staying true to myself. Staying true to my beliefs, and staying true to the person that I want to become.

While I have made enormous strides in becoming the person that I truly want to be, it is a also a life-long process that I continually need to be mindful of every single day. I need to continue to follow my heart, share my journey, and be a voice for the things that matter to me. Why? Because that is who I truly am.

For those who do not know, I have been investing a lot of my time into an online publishing platform called Medium. Basically, everything that I write on my website goes straight on Medium the following day. I have found it to be a good platform to connect with other writers, read different stories, and just be social. Think of it like Facebook, but for writers and readers.

So today, I opened up my Medium profile. Right beneath my name, there is was. Something that took me by surprise, something that was so meaningful to me, and something that I am incredibly proud of. I even became somewhat teary-eyed when I reread it to myself. It said “Top writer in Mental Health.

I hate to say it, but most would look at that and say “Yes, I did it! I became a top writer.” If this is you, no disrespect intended whatsoever. You worked hard for it. But for me, that isn’t what mattered.

Out of any of the categories that I have published my stories under, having the words “Mental Health” next to my name means more to me than anything else. This is the category that I am most proud of to have my work published in because this is the area of my life that has impacted me the most.

Mental health is something that I am becoming more and more passionate about by the day, and something that I will continue to fight for. It is something that I have dealt with in the past, it is something that I deal with currently, and it is something that I will continue to deal with for the rest of my life.

If I would have been writing this six months ago, I would have been more proud about being called a top writer. Yep, I would have been happier to have been called the best at something. I would have loved to be able to brag about being called the best, instead of staying true to my beliefs, and being connected to something that actually mattered to me.

Well, not today. In fact, I wish that part would be removed from my profile. Having “top writer” in my profile simply doesn’t mean anything to me. It doesn’t define the pain that I have endured throughout my life. It doesn’t define the obstacles that I, and those who have supported me have had to face. And it doesn’t define who I am, and who I want to be as a person. What does, however, are the two words “Mental Health.”

Bringing awareness to mental health is something that I have worked hard to do, and it is something that I will continue to work hard to do. It is my passion to help those who are facing similar situations to the ones that I have faced. I know how difficult life can seem. And now, it is my turn to help others to find light in their lives. For me, this is just the beginning.

What I am trying to say, is never be someone you aren’t. Staying true to yourself is more meaningful and rewarding than any accolade in the world. Don’t wait any longer to be who you were meant to be. Focus on staying true to yourself, and focus on the things that matter the most to you in life. People are going to love you just for being you. More importantly, you are going to love yourself. So follow your dreams, and live your best life.

Michael Bonnell

11/5/2018

 

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