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If you keep running from your problems, you will never find a resolution to them. When you try to pretend like your problems aren’t there, you’re only making them worse: the longer you avoid seeking solutions to your problems, the more difficult they become to address. Too many people attempt to sham like they have conquered the quandaries that have given them the most pain. It’s becoming popular for many people to say they’re “reinventing themselves,” “renewing themselves,” “living a new life,” and etc., but the reality is a true change in your life materializes conspicuous signs of change—not facades. When many people say the aforementioned things, they’re making an effort to have others to believe their lies; they want others to think they’re living a life where they’re facing their problems directly when they’re not.
If you’re really “reinventing” yourself, “renewing” yourself, and “living a new life,” then why are there no substantive ostensible changes in your life? Why are you unwilling to truly be yourself? What continues to hold you back from real progress? At the core of the answers to those questions is one’s intentional effort to run away from, hide, disguise, and bury his or her problems instead of working to defeat them.
You don’t have to live your life trying to hide and evade your problems; you can conquer them. You must, however, be willing to deal candidly with those problems. One can make serious progress toward remedying his or her quandaries when he or she musters the courage to confront them boldly. Too many people attempt to bury their problems behind materialistic phenomena like money, cars, clothes, jewelry, houses, jobs, degrees, and etc., but trying to camouflage those things that are eating away at you will inevitably lead to your own undoing.
Although you may fool a number of people with your efforts to present your life as devoid of problems, the majority of folks know you have some problems—no matter what you say. Everything’s not always going good for you. Life exposes us to occasional challenges and problems, so don’t try to act like you’re so special and exempt for this reality. When you invest significant time in trying to prove to others that you’re living a newly “invented” and “transformed” life, you already know authentic happiness doesn’t exist in your life, and you’re the one who is preventing real happiness from existing in your life.
Don’t allow pride to keep you from asking for help from others. Additionally, don’t let your pride be the ultimate source of your problems.
It would be so much better to see someone truly living an ameliorated life than living a life of continuous lies; a life where one dons a faux happiness. While things may not be going great for you right now, don’t try to pretend like they are. Make a strong effort to engender the change in your life that will produce genuine positive results and progress—not results and “progress” that have to be fictitiously manufactured.
Boldly face your problems today and have a truly improved tomorrow.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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When you are afraid to be who you are and never show people the real you, there’s nothing special about you. Unfortunately, phony people try to pretend like they are living happy lives, and many of them want you to envy their false identities. What’s to envy about living a phony life? A life that’s not grounded in truth is a life that’s not worth living. Phony people never have an opportunity to rest because they always have to put on a performance for an audience—that has to be an exhausting way to live. What’s to envy about never being able to just relax and enjoy being yourself? You shouldn’t count on people not discovering who you really are inevitably.
Although many people are fooled by the falsehoods of phony people, there are many people who can see right through those falsehoods. What’s going to happen when there are moments that arrive in the future that don’t give you an opportunity to put on your falsehoods as quickly as one can put on makeup? When you live a life that is a lie, you are not qualified and prepared to live the type of life you are currently trying to live. When you are living a life that hides who you really are, the longer you live this type of life the deeper you move yourself into getting exposed in such an embarrassing way that you may never be able to recover from the shame associated with being exposed.
Far too often, individuals living a phony life assume that people who are living authentic lives are trying to expose them and hurt them intentionally. Phony people will often assume that things people say and write are about them. This results largely from the reality that phony people are never in a safe place, considering they always have to be concerned with being exposed. What phony people need to realize is they shouldn’t feel shame about the things that they are attempting to cover up. The things you are trying to conceal are things that are a part of you. Have enough love for yourself to love all of the parts of your comprehensive composition.
In no way does this article advocate for people to tell everything about themselves to everyone—that would be unwise. What this article does contend is you should not get up every morning having to plan out how you’re going to hide the aspects of your live you don’t want people to know about. Phony people have to think about how they’re going to hide who they really are each morning even before they are able to think about taking a shower and brushing their teeth. Now, why would someone want to be envious and jealous of this type of life that phony people live?
Dear phony people, you’re living a miserable life and no one wants to live a miserable life, so stop thinking that people are envious and jealous of you. Envious and jealous of you for what reason or reasons?
Even when it may seem that you can gain a competitive edge by not being who you really are, resist this temptation. Make up in your mind that you’re going to be yourself no matter what other people think. You will have an easier life when you decide to be who you naturally are. Live the life you want to live and not the life you feel you need to live to please other people. When you resolve to be who you are, say what you want to say, and do what you want to do, you are going to receive some serious criticism and resistance. Don’t let this criticism and resistance keep you from enjoying who you genuinely are. Live free. Be yourself.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison