Day 3 of 30 Days of Amazing (created by Rahfeal Gordon)

There is a Major Price of Being Yourself:

As we're climbing the ranks or walking along our personal journey, we must ALWAYS stay true to ourselves. I was told in my younger years to never conform to those who don't truly know themselves. My grandmother would always remind me by saying, "Rah, what good is it to praise imitators instead of those who stand strong in being authentic human beings? Those who don't know themselves will be the first ones trying to change you to become other than what God created you to be. Baby, you have to be as real as it gets, whether you are in a business meeting or having a heart-to-heart conversation with family and friends." Over the years, I have stripped away the false characters that were never part of my true DNA. Whether we are teenagers or adults in society's terms, we are always trying to find out who we are. Many become lost while others have the inner strength to step out of the thick clouds of falsity. It is when we make the decision to be ourselves that we release any ambition to be someone other than ourselves in this moment and in the future.

A great example of this is a story I heard from Whoopi Goldberg during an interview that focused on "The Price of Being Yourself."

When Whoopi was younger one of her close friends came to her home to pick Whoopi up to go to the movies. When she arrived she noticed that the outfit Whoopi was wearing didn't meet her personal taste (Whoopi was somewhat of a hippie - My type of person!) So she asked Whoopi to change and, of course, Whoopi questioned why should she change. Whoopi stated that she didn't smell, her clothes were clean, and she felt comfortable so why should she change? Her friend would reply that Whoopi's outfit was just something that was "inappropriate" in her personal view. So Whoopi, who was upset and confused, said to her friend to leave and go to the movies by herself. And Whoopi's friend did exactly that.

Throughout the evening, Whoopi pondered on what had happened and then finally asked her mother, "Mom, was I wrong for not changing my clothes?" And her mother replied, "Should you have changed your clothes?"

"I don't think so. I was clean, I didn't smell bad. Why should I change. Why didn't she change?", said Whoopi. Her mom went on and said, "Because she didn't want to change. But do you think you should have changed?" Whoopi finally replied, "No. No, I don't think I should have changed."

"Well you did the right thing, and if you can handle the fact that people are going to be mad at you when you do what you think is right, you'll be alright", said Whoopi's mother.
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