The opportunity to get to be myself has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. I know it sounds funny, but it’s true in that I am a unique/peculiar one. The thoughts that run through my head and the way I view life many times leave me feeling isolated because others think and do things differently. Others would affirm this as well by making jokes about me and openly judging me for who I am. Naturally, this caused me to either suppress who I am, act like someone else, not strive to reach my potential, and unfortunately, not grow into myself by embracing how I was created. So for a long time up until the last couple of years, I have allowed the outside to hinder me from being myself. Now, after meeting wonderful friends who embrace my quirkiness, depth, and love, coupled with my own growth and endeavor to share with the world who I am, I feel free. I get to be myself in all realms of my life, especially in this new job. I get to share with my students my story- the good, bad, and the ugly, and encourage and inspire them! Through this blog I get to write my thoughts and share my opinions, and (hopefully) encourage you. And with meaningful people I come across, I immediately share my inner me so there isn’t a question of who I am if someone judges me based on the outer me. I think the difference now compared to my past, is that I have embraced myself, others have affirmed it, and to the outside, I have no more shame or insecurities about it. This feeling of freedom to be just as I am is one I hope you feel as well. I hope you get to be yourself in all realms of your life. I hope you are able to showcase to others the inner you so that they don’t just know you based on the outer you.