I have been taught as far back as I can remember that everyone on this earth is unique and there are certain characteristics each of us carries through this journey called life. Every person on this earth is unique; however, there is always one person related to us through family or related to us through our life’s events who tends to be the enforcer for personal and professional rules of engagement and wants every single person they know to be aware of it.

You know who you are. You live by a set of strict personal and professional rules and love to remind everyone about it whenever you possibly can. You are above reproach about everything. You are dismissive and monopolize conversations that you have no interest in. You have strong opinions about everything and actually believe you are trying to educate, enlighten and entrust your guidance on others based on your past experiences which no one wants. If there is a problem, you have the solution which you deliver without having all the facts. If there is a question, you have the answer which you deliver in a condescending and obnoxious manner.

Despite having all the solutions to everyone’s problems and knowing everything else, you have never found the solution as to why you feel the need to be something you are not. Are you insecure? Do you have a sense of being grandiose and superior? People will not see you as you want to be seen and they will not cater to that need unless they want to. You are an illusion of perfection. You are not the last self-proclaimed authority of what is right and wrong. You know everyone stands out from anyone else because they are unique and there is no one exactly like them. You do yourself a disservice always trying to be someone you’re not. Live your life not living up to someone else’s expectations, but your own.

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