Be Yourself; Everybody Else Is Already Taken

Posted on August 10, 2015

“This above all: to thine own self are true.”WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

A few weeks ago, Olympic gold medalist, Bruce Jenner inadvertently “broke the internet.’ Not because he was preparing for an Olympic commentary, doing a motivational speech, or talking about his past accolades. Jenner ‘s named appeared in magazines, social media sites, Internet sites, and a myriad of television shows for one simple fact; He revealed that he was transitioning into a woman. The reaction of his fans was mixed. Some fans were shocked and appalled, while others praised him and thanked him for being brave and finally speaking his truth.

In numerous interviews, Bruce, now known as Caitlyn Jenner has expressed how being true to herself is more important than winning an Olympic medal. 3 marriages and 6 biological kids later, at the tender age of 65, Caitlyn are relieved to finally be speaking her truth. For years, she struggled with self-identity, being trapped inside of a man’s body, and wanting to become the women she is today. In fact, she has tried to express her feelings with one of her ex-wives. However, there is little speculation of what happened during those private conversations. Now, the entire world knows that Caitlyn Jenner is finally free from the mental baggage that wore her down of not speaking her truth.

While transgender and body dysmorphic disorder are on-going topics, there are still many who don’t understand what goes through the mind of transgender person. There are mental health professionals who diagnose transgender individuals with a mental disorder that needs to be fixed through treatment and cognitive therapy. While there are other professionals who support transgender individuals and applaud them for their courage.

The truth is this is not about a man becoming women or a women becoming a man; it’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin. So, when Shakespeare said to thy own self be true- this means don’t try to be anyone else, but yourself. When you are true to yourself, you are free from misery, you can be truly happy, and live your life without worrying what others think, say or feel about you.