Many of us were told to be quiet and get good grades so we'd get into the best kind of school.
Many of us were told to wear the clothes and play the part so people would respect us, give us accolades, and then invite us to their parties.
Many of us were told to behave and follow the rules and we'd land the juicy job and get a promotion.
Many of us were told to cheat and steal and manipulate if you have to in order to achieve your goals.
Many of us were lied to, because many of us were silent and got good grades and still didn't get accepted into the best school because we forgot to develop people skills and build our experience, character, and creative portfolios.
Many of us were lied to, because we wore the clothes and played the part, and still didn't get invited to the party or have people give us high fives because people sensed we were inauthentic and the type of people we were trying to fit in with weren't all that nice or fun to be around anyway.
Many of us were lied to, because we behaved and followed the rules and didn't get the job we were hoping for because they were looking for the type of person who coloured outside of the lines as compared to inside of them.
Many of us were lied to, because we cheated, stole, and manipulated and ended up isolated and unsupported because nobody wanted to work with us.
Many of us were lied to, but it's not the end of the world.
We can resist those lies and be who we were made to be. It really comes down to a decision: will you choose to listen to the lies that you were told, or, will you choose to leave them behind and start walking the way that you need to walk?
I know it's scary. I know you've been told that if you don't listen to the lies than you're going to fail big and lose lots. But here's a question that might change your life: would you be willing to fail big and lose lots if it meant you were able to lead a life that brought you authentic, deep, and lasting joy because you were simply being who you were made to be?