What Is the Hardest Thing about Being a Man?

Being a man, I am always expected to be perfect.  To be flawless.  To exceed expectations.  To have solutions to problems.  To know the answer to everything.

I tried to do it.  Then I failed, miserably.  I put on a charade, I wore a mask. I hid my true self from the world and just pretended that I was something I wasn’t.

Then it clicked.  I didn’t have to be who the world expected me to be.  I dismissed all of that.  I can only be who I am.  A flawed creature in this world, just trying to understand life, just trying to get by.  Just like everyone else, I’m just trying to find my own place in the world.  To find what where my puzzle piece fits best.  I don’t have the time, nor the ability to cover up who I am.  To sugar coat my life.  I’d rather just be true to myself and share my life exactly as it is.

I don’t want to be perfect.  I don’t want to be flawless.  I don’t want to exceed expectations. I don’t want to have the solutions to all the problems.  I just want to be who I was born to be, myself.  I just want to open up my heart and share myself, exactly as I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings.  I know it may not be the best approach to life, but I don’t care.

I just want to be true to myself, not what the world expects of me.

Originally posted on Quora.

Leonard Kim consults startups and writes books like The Etiquette of Social Media: How to Connect and Respond to Others in the World of Social Media

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