We spend our lives trying to build ourselves into something that other people think that we should be…From a very early age, we’re taught to turn down that honesty knob, and turn up the one on polite — and it’s no wonder that by the time we get to be adults we can’t honestly tell anyone around us who we are, what we love, and what we’re feeling…

So tell me this — when are you going to admit that there is something glorious about being you?…so that you don’t have to wake up every morning and walk on eggshells, and you can look at something that you built because you love it, and it’s honest and true to who you are.
Erika Napoletano, from her talk, “Be unpopular,” at TEDxBoulder.
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