When I was in high school, the principal, Mr. Mooney, set a theme for each school year. He’d tower before us at the first “Morning Meeting” (a gathering of the whole school community) and announce the theme as though we’d been waiting on the edge of our seats all summer.
I remember the theme from my senior year: Be true to your best self. At the time, my classmates and I looked at each other and shook our heads at the cheesiness of it all. But looking back, I think Mr. Mooney was on to something.
As a 17 year old, I couldn’t comprehend what it meant to be true to my best self. I still didn’t know who my regular self was never mind the best version of me.
But now, as an adult who finally has clarity on who I am, what I stand for, and what life feels like when I’m at my best, I find myself thinking about Mr. Mooney’s mantra.Read More