In this series, we will explore finite ways you can achieve personal happiness.
This scene from Aladdin is iconic. Genie takes the form of a bee to give Al advice, and ends with the punny, “Bee yourself.” He rolls his eyes, because he is trying to impress Jasmine and convince her he is a Prince. In the end, Al had to stop lying to her and to himself. He was pretty awesome as the ‘Street Rat’.
5: Be Yourself
A piece of good advice: If you can’t put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
What is it you are great at? What is it you could spend all day doing and it would fill your soul with joy? Find a way to do that, even if it is not lucrative, as much as possible. Be awesome at it. Be awesome at being you.
Someone will see it. Someone will be inspired to shine like you are from the inside out.
Don’t change so people will like you. Stand up for who you are. People are more touched by the ‘Cinderella stories’ where those who came from the gutters of life turned into great leaders than the stories where a prince married his princess whom he was betrothed to. Sure, both scenarios are happy endings, but in one, you know the person struggled and made themselves happier. Okay, that is a bad example. Not everyone has to struggle to make themselves happy. The point is to be yourself, even if you are already happy. Share your wisdom with others!
Maybe the struggle comes when you throw off the guise of someone you are not, and climb from the folds victoriously YOU.