Well, not no matter what. If you’re a mooch then please critique yourself.
But most of you are good people and all of you are entirely different. So why do human beings long to fit in? Why do we sometimes suppress our true identity in certain situations? Luckily, you came to the Matt Kopyt Bank of Made-Up Wisdom to withdraw the answers. From the intense studying that I can assure you I didn’t do, I’ve gathered that humans are social creatures. We like to feel accepted by other humans; part of the pack, if you will. We often hide parts of our identity from the general public or even our friends because we are uncertain as to how they will perceive us. We fear judgement. I’m going to share with you why you should always be true to yourself, no matter what.
Your self-confidence will skyrocket.
You can’t be confident with yourself if you’re not being honest with yourself. That might be the wisest thing I’ve ever written down, just give me credit when you quote me. Why am I like this? Because I’m authentic about who I am and what I think and I have become comfortable in front of others in my natural state. I can put myself out there shamelessly because I know that I’m just expressing the real Matt Kopyt (and people normally love me or hate me for it). Which brings me to my next point.
People don’t have to like you.
Not everyone you know will come running to you like you’re Mr. Ding-A-Ling in an ice cream truck on a hot summer day, and that’s okay. The only person that needs to like you is yourself. Don’t change yourself for other people. If your friends don’t like you for who you really are then they’re not your friends. Make yourself happy by embracing who you are 24/7.
People will pick up on inauthenticity.
Want to alienate yourself even faster? Pretend to be someone you’re not. People who are emotionally intelligent will catch on to that sooner than you may think. Believe me, I’ve done the research. I’ve seen the data and I have no clue what I’m talking about. But I do know that people can tell when others are exaggerating something or hiding something. Humans appreciate authenticity; don't hesitate to remember that in your social interactions.
It’s your life.
Take a page out of my 12-page picture book of experience and be yourself from now on. We all get one life, might as well embrace what we have and enjoy it.