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Are you waiting for permission to be who you want to be?

Note, who you want to be, not what you want to be.

We’re so focused on what we want to be, what career, what achievements, what social standing, that we lose sight of who we want to be.

That’s how we become defined by what we are, or what goals we are pursuing.

Who we want to be refers to the kind of human we want to be.

It sounds simple enough. Everyone wants to be kind, generous, understanding, compassionate, benevolent, and so on.

There isn’t a single person that will say that they don’t want to be those things, and many who think that they are already that.

So why then are we not experiencing others the way that we all claim we are conducting ourselves?

It’s because we wait for permission to express kindness, understanding, and all those other beautiful attributes.

That permission comes in the form of needing others to behave a certain way, or to treat us the way that we want to be treated before we’ll be good and loving and understanding towards them.

That permission is what we get when we want to feel appreciated before we show gratitude, or we want to feel loved before we express affection. And so on.

When we wait for such permission, we become defined by how we are treated, and thus, we become part of the harshness or coldness that we experience in our lives.

So, who do you want to be?

Are you who you want to be, or are you waiting for permission to be that person?

Your life is yours to claim. It always starts with you.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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