Who are you?
If you just answered that question with your name then I want you to go back and read it again. I didn't ask what people call you, I asked who you are.
Believe it or not, you are more than a name. You are more than a title. In fact, names and titles pale in comparison to who you really are. So who are you?
You are you.
Now, once you've recovered from the shock of that statement, I want you to really think about it:
You are not your parents.
You are not your brothers or sisters.
You are not your neighbors.
You are not your friends.
You are not your teachers.
You are not your co-workers.
You are not that person you saw on TV.
You are not the person you met at the store.
You are not any of the other seven billion people on the planet.
You are you.
And that is an amazing thing.
Now I want you to do something. Seriously. I want you to actually do this:
Take out a piece of paper and write down everything you have been called by another person, both good and bad. Don't continue reading until you have done this.
Now that you have your list, read through it and then tear it up. Tear it into pieces so small that it can't ever be read again.
Good. Now that you have completely destroyed what everyone else thinks of you, take out another piece of paper. You're about to discover what you think of you.
On this one I want you to write down everything you know about yourself. And I mean everything.
Write down all your physical features.
Write down all your strengths.
Write down all your weaknesses.
Write down all your hopes.
Write down all your fears.
Write down all of your dreams.
White down everything.
Don't continue reading until you have done this.
Now, read through the list and this time I want you to embrace it. The good, the bad, all of it. This is who you are. And you want to know the best part? There is nothing wrong with it.
The fact that you are all of these things is absolutely incredible! Nobody else on the planet is exactly like what you wrote on that paper. YOU are unique, and the more unique something is, the more value it has. That means your value is infinite. You have things to offer that no one else on the planet has. You can do things that no one else is capable of doing. Because you are the only person that is exactly like you.
Now, with all of this it's important to remember that there is always room to improve, but that doesn't mean you can't be happy with who you are right now.
So love who you are! Be happy with it! Embrace it! Shout it to the world: "This is who I am!"
Because you are you.
And that is the reason why I like you.