The public notebook of writer and essayist Scott Nesbitt

Being Yourself

That's the hardest thing anyone can do.

For many, it's easier to put on a mask and pretend to be like everyone else. But doing that diminishes you in so many ways.

A good chunk of my life has been a rebellion against what I should do, what I'm expected to do, and what others think I should do. That stance has hurt my career and a few relationships, but I have few regrets.

What I do regret, though, are the times in which did put on that mask of conformity, of sameness. When I did that, I never felt comfortable in my own skin. I never knew if the me in the mask was a role I was playing or if it was the real me.