There seems to be a glut these days of songs encouraging people to just be themselves. Colbie Caillat tells a young woman, “You don’t have to change a single thing” in her song “Try.” Mary Lambert sings the line, “I know I’m not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else” in her song “Secrets.” Chris Cornell even sang a few years ago with the now-disbanded group Audioslave, “To be yourself is all that you can do.”
A certain amount of freedom can certainly be achieved by throwing off expectations and past hurts and stigmas attached to the challenges we face. There is also an extreme amount of power that comes with learning to actually accept ourselves and like ourselves, no matter what faults we may have. A little self-acceptance goes a long way.
Sometimes, though, there are things in us that really need to change…
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