Just Be Yourself

Teens Talk

Ever wondered what it means to "Just Be Yourself"? Let's see what our writers think!

Haley, 17:

Being your own person and expressing yourself doesn't cost anything. You shouldn't worry about what other people are going to say; not everyone is going to like you. Haters are just people who are jealous of you because you have something they want. If you just believe in who you are, you have no limitations. You can do and be anything you strive for. Everyone is unique, so why not show off how unique you are with pride?

Katlyn, 16:

In this society, there is so much pressure on us, teens, to be someone we are not. Regardless of whether you are being raised by one parent or two, that pressure is still there. Our own celebrities are constantly telling us that it is okay to compromise our beliefs to something that is socially acceptable. Though in reality, the only thing that matters is how YOU see yourself, and how God sees you. Despite what many people think, it is absolutely okay to not be liked by everyone, and truthfully, not many people care as much as you may think they do. Just be yourself! The worst that can happen is that you’ll find out who your true friends are, and the ones that leave are the people you don’t need.

Allison, 13:

As a teenager, one of the most important things to do is to be you. A big part of that is not being a different person when you are with different groups of people. Some people might be quiet and attentive in class but loud and outgoing with their friends. I find myself having this problem a lot. Just last week, my friends asked me if I wanted to go see a horror movie with them. I wanted to say no because I don’t like scary movies, but it was hard because I wanted to fit in. It’s hard to find the real you in this world. Your teachers want you to act one way, but your parents or friends want you to act another way. Figuring out who your real friends are can help reveal the real you because you feel comfortable around them. When you’re with them, you won’t need to pretend that you are someone that you are not. It’s hard to find a group to fit into; not everyone will like you, even if you’re a great person. However, when you do, you won’t feel the need to conform to how they act or what they like. Your real friends will cheer for what you want to do.

Anderson, 18:

People find it hard to be themselves around other people. I know this first hand because I have tried to be someone that I'm not. I have tried to be the bully, the jerk, and the over-confident prick that no one really likes. I have hurt people to make myself seem better. Forever I will live with the things I did, but I also learned to be myself along the way. To be yourself is to be free from what others think. If you like to stare into the distance and look at the things that seem to be pure, then do it. Nothing should ever stand between you and yourself because being who you are is simply being what you were meant to be. People may laugh at you, but why see it as a bad thing? You brought some joy in their life by being yourself. Isn't that worth looking a little strange? Whenever I'm asked why I do the things I do, I respond with "if I didn't, who would?" I have always responded this way because I truly believe we need to do what we are meant to. A great benefit to being yourself is that people will respect and admire you for it. A girl once told me that I was just so real, and to me that was the greatest compliment I had ever received. When choosing to be yourself or someone else you think is better, remember: if you are not yourself, who will do all the things that you would do?