One of the best advice I’ve received.
I’ve been told to ‘Never Change’ and I never thought much of that. I just thought it was a nice thing for people to say. That may be, but I also didn’t take it lightly. It wasn’t something I said to others so I felt it was of value.
It wasn’t until my latest job that it really meant something. I was the newbie. I was the only new person and had to learn a lot to get me caught up to everyone else. People I managed knew more than I did and totally felt the imposter syndrome. That feeling really took over.
One of my colleagues, when I asked or told her what I was going to do, something as simple as “I am going to go upstairs to check on things,” her answer was always “Do You, Boo,” “Do You, Girl,” etc. As with a lot of things, I didn’t think much of it. I thought it was a weird saying people started to say. She started to say it so often, I actually started to think about it. What would it mean to just ‘Do Me’ aka Be Myself? I took that as do what I think is right. It gave me the confidence to see that not only was I given liberties but also that I had value.
Now this saying means a lot more to me than I originally thought. When I feel insecure or if I have a friend that feels inadequate, you will catch me saying this.
There is no one else like you, so do you.