True To You - A Chapter In My Life
While working on the “True To You” campaign for our brand Satori (releasing new stuff this friday website below!), I started to dive into the work and narrow down what I wanted to share. Naturally, I thought to discuss things making up our character such as traits and attributes.
For myself, you lot already know a little about me from the articles I have shared during the years. You know, my love of oat milk, how me supporting Arsenal Football Club is like being in a toxic relationship, and how I think Drake is overrated (someday I’ll explain all these topics in detail).
While focusing on this topic I had an overbearing question from the jump that I needed to answer for all of this to make sense — How would you describe being true to yourself?
I could sit here and lie to y’all that I came up with a simple answer after five minutes. None of you would really know at the end of the day if I’m telling the truth, and I did heavily consider it after a couple of days of getting nowhere. But while thinking about lying to the public, I realigned my morals and discovered the right way to approach the situation; answer a question with another question.
You know when you have a job interview and you get asked, “So tell me about yourself,” and your brain starts to move in eight different directions? This is how it felt thinking about an answer for this campaign… one lurking question consuming the atmosphere of the room.
Overthinking starts the chaos off in your head. Instinctively, you want to be honest and big up who you are, but don’t want to look too proud. You want to share, but don’t want to be an over-sharer. A simple “who are you” question turns into an overwhelming cluster dump of contradicting emotions and sentiments, where you may have to cap about the situation to keep things moving forward.
While the occasional cap (standard abbreviation of lying) may work from time to time in an interview setting, you also have to be honest with yourself at the end of the day. Are you really who you say you are, or are you describing the idea of what/who you think you are/are trying to be?
Knowing What To Do Next
Talking about yourself isn’t always easy and it may not be something you do constantly. While it might not be apparent now, I do believe intentional self-reflection is highly beneficial in knowing who you are and what you’re all about.
Knowing your identity, what you stand for and how you want to articulate those values will always be a plus for you. In any given situation, whether you are applying for a job, starting a new relationship or discussing where you are in your life, recognizing what is true to you is important to know when holding yourself accountable.
Words like "authentic," "honest," and "loyal" may float around your head when thinking what to say. Focusing on the positive is a key first step, but then you have to dig deeper to what has to be discussed. "Envious," "jealous," and "petty" can be added to the word list to balance out the strengths and weaknesses we all have in terms of our character.
Being true to you isn’t a 'let’s compliment me' activity, it is what makes you tick as a person and the sincere way you carry yourself daily. The words tend to find themselves—when I approached it this way, my responses started to flow with more ease than when I began my search.
Writing down what is true to me was how I found my answers, but it varies for everyone. Some people keep a mental note instead and I urge you to find a way that works for you. A blunt and direct approach may be what it takes to start it off and from there, you may find everything you are looking for.
It’s interesting and empowering to think about something and be able to say, “Yeah, that’s who I am and that’s how I want to be seen. I am X, Y, Z and will continue to do X, Y, Z to better the person I am.” Although it might seem like a small thing, in the long run you’ll know what you stand for and how to carry yourself accordingly in the world.
You have the tools now to find out what is true to you—you just have to fill in the rest.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed the article. Feel free to share with a friend, leave a comment, and reply to the question down below. I’ll be back sometime, hopefully soon. Bless up!