On Being You
Photographed by Daniel Gabrielson on September 22nd, 2014 in Venice Beach, California.
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm back in New York, but my mind is still dreaming of long rides through desert roads and splashing through the waves at nearby beaches.
Last week during our two-hour sunrise drive to the airport, I watched the shore as we drove down the 1. The waves tumbled on during our early morning drive, not pausing for a split second. They tumbled, crashed, flirted with a nearby cliff. It was almost as if they had a life of their own.
As silly as it sounds, I'm entranced by the way the waves seem to roll on, no matter who is watching. Be it night, day, morning, coffee or sunset picnics, the sea powers on just as it would without an audience.
Is it crazy to think that we could all take a lesson from the waves? How no matter what time of day, who we're with or what we're doing, we could stay true to who we are?
As odd as it is, couldn't we all vow to "be the real me" no matter who is watching? I find that growing up, it's sometimes hard to do. We're constantly changing, evolving—discovering new versions of ourselves.
There's pressure from every end of the spectrum to mold to who society (or friends, or family) think that you should be. But how about who you think you should be? Whoever that is, you'll never be more comfortable than when you're really being you.