I Have Decided to be Someone Else

RenewalI love it when people say you should just be yourself. Personally, I think that limits your options.

I don’t know about you, but my “self” was developed a long time ago and I’m not sure if that person is who I want to be today. For instance, from my childhood, I inherited my deepest fears, my hopes and dreams; from my youth, I found first love, ambition, ridicule and disappointment; and from adulthood I discovered reality, deception and betrayal. All of these experiences, and more, have created who I am—anxious, conformist and unfulfilled.

I have therefore decided to be someone else.

But there is a catch: I want to break up with myself but I’m not sure if I have the courage to move on. It’s ironic how our deepest fears live with us forever but life kills our hopes and dreams.

The person I have given the most advice to in my life is myself. Clearly, it is now time that I start listening. So I am going to take it a step at a time. Firstly, I’m going to visualize the person I want to be. I admit that being two inches taller may be unachievable at this stage in my life but most other things are up for grabs. I am going to imagine every detail of what it would be like to be my ideal self. Then I am going to do something different every single day that takes me to where I want to be.

That’s it.

So if you don’t recognize me soon or think that I have really changed, then I’m on my way. And if you take my advice and do the same thing, then we can all be strangers together in our new world.

There may be no time like the present; but there can be no more exciting place to live in than a better future.


  1. Isn’t it wonderful that if we don’t like the way things are going we can simply re-invent ourselves?

  2. I love this and I totally get it! :’D They say lies that is being told over and over again will be perceived as ‘the truth’. I love to pretend, too. From early childhood, I have always known that I want to be a writer. Thus, I have always pretended to be one: I live, act, and breathe like a writer! Even when I haven’t had any books published, whenever I needed to write my occupation (for instance on a form or immigration card), I would write: “WRITER”. When a stranger asked about what I did, I would proudly say, “I am a writer!”. I brought pens and notebooks everywhere I went, I spent hours in front of literary shelves in bookstores, I tried to make friends with solitude. I wrote in a cafes, the waiting room at an airport, beach, parks, coffee shops. I saw people and I thought of stories, I wore this geeky black-rimmed glasses when I wrote (without lenses, because my vision is perfect!), and I even downloaded an application to make my laptop keyboard sounded like an old typewriter! Now, I have 3 published works and 3 more to be out this year 🙂 So, yes. Do pretend to be someone you have always wanted to become.

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