Your Self


No matter what you may think, your outer self is a projection of who you are on the inside. It is how you choose to represent yourself to others and, if it is at least a small part of who you are, then it is a part of your self. You can be friendly, warm, and loving on the inside. Deep down you can be the sweetest, most generous kinds of people, but, if what you project is a stoic self who doesn’t laugh, give, or allow anybody to get closer to you, then you can’t be that positive person. There comes a point where who you are on the inside is so strong that you can’t hide it. Who you are on the inside is who you are on the outside. If you are truly optimistic, happy, and good, then it will show. People will be able to see it in the way you dress, the way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you react to the world around you. If you are sad, lonely, and defeated, then that fake smile will eventually crack and people will begin to notice your head hanging low, your short responses, and your preference for solitude. It is who you are, no matter whether or not you want to face it, but you have to realize that you can change.

If you’re not happy as the person you are now, then you can work on yourself until you are content with yourself. Until you have learned to love who you are and have started to see the beauty you have. Soon enough that positive light will spread into other parts of yourself until it is impossible to deny. Never try to hide who you are because it is simply impossible. Whether you are full of innocence or sass, grace or sarcasm, happiness or anger, it will show. It is a part of you, so embrace it. Love who you are and work on who you are until you are happy with yourself and you understand yourself. Just remember that who you project to the world is a part of you, but make sure it’s the real part of you.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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