To thine own self be true
To thyself be true, paraphrased words from Shakespeare. To thyself be true! To thyself be true, strong words, great advice. When the crowd is gone, work is over, family is away or sleep, you are faced with self. In that lonely place and time, say to yourself, "To thyself be true." The main meaning of those words is, "Do not lie to yourself." Whatever your image and presentation to others are, they should be from the real you. Only you know the true you. When you look in a mirror do you admire or hate your thoughts, actions, behavior, ethics, attitude, etc.? Are you honest? Is integrity the driving centerpiece of your life? Are you a game player? Go along because it's good for business no matter whom it might hurt? Do you contribute to the downfall of others by your words, actions, and deed? Whatever thy truth is, there is no running from it. The real you will appear one day because the real you came by nature at birth and one cannot deny nature.
Why is it challenging to be true to thyself? Maybe because we're dealing with two selves - our true self and our false self. Most of us have enclosed our spirit, soul, and body with a false self. We have created this false self based on our desires, conditions, our environments, our workplaces, our social status, and sorry to say our churches. When we go against our internal thoughts - intuitions for the sake of what others think, we become great pretenders! If not activated, our true self lie dormant, it is waiting for the moment to rise to bring about a new meaning to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In those alone moments, admit that you aren't true to yourself and begin the journey to rediscover who you really are. Stop allowing outside extremities to make you think you are something that you aren't. You were brought here for a purpose, allow that purpose to be fulfilled. True happiness can be experienced when the real you navigate your daily life.
To discover your true self start by eliminating what is false about you.
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet