By Racheal Chapman
How many different versions of you are there?
The online you... the portrayal of your life on social media
The work you...the professional, perhaps callous you
The school run you......'life is amazing, my kids are SOOOOO well behaved, I'm not stressed AT all!'
The party you...work hard, party harder, it doesn't matter who sees or in fact what they see
I'm sure there are many many more possibilities. The list could be endless...
The fatherly you
The anxious you
The home cook you
The Sunday morning you
The comedian you
The road rage you
The gossipy you
The generous you
Are there any cross overs between those versions of you? Any common themes?
Or maybe each ‘you’ looks so different that people wouldn’t recognise any other version. Perhaps if they came across the professional version of you, they'd stand in front of you mouth agasp, wondering 'who is this person?'
But really, who is it that is benefiting from these many versions of you?
In today’s day and age, honesty and openness are key to building good strong relationships. And good relationships I believe have a massive bearing on happiness.
Can that happen if people believe the online ‘you’ or the school mum 'you' is the REAL you, when in fact it’s almost unrecognisable?
How tiring is it to hold up these different personas?
So be you, BE THE REAL YOU. Be transparent. In the long run you’ll thank yourself for it.