by Phoenix A. Desertsong, The Perpetual Prose Machine
There's a lot of advice out there. A lot of it repeats itself. When trying to be the best you that you can become, there's s lot of actionable advice out there, but... truth is, a lot of it won't work for you. I know. All these "habits" and "lifehacks" over the years, save one or two, have never worked for me. All that's worked for me is one modified productivity hack and minimalizing my life. Otherwise, I get frustrated that I'm just "doing it wrong."
As someone who writes about personal experience and provides actionable advice, I just have one thing to say:
You just do you.
Original, huh? Not at all. But it's true. I've long been a believer in discovering the best you through yourself. Many people have found meditation. Myself, I use writing as my way to reflect and gain insight into my thought process. But after years of trying too many things, I finally resolved to just let me be me. I keep telling myself that, then I try something else.
I'm just doing me now.
I'm still sharing what has worked for me. I feel that's still useful. As always, I want to hear what works for you. I want to help you be a better you, not interject and try to say "you're doing it wrong." After all, we're all human, and while we can build up good habits, we're going to break down sometimes. And that's OK. We're imperfect beings, but we can't dwell on our imperfections.
Just be you, even if people tell you have to be something different. If you make a change, have it be from within. Constructive criticism can be helpful, but always look within yourself and know that it's not just what you "want" but what you might actually need to be a better you.
Just do you, and I'll do me, and we should be good. :)
~ Phoenix <3
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.