In front of Littlejohns

A year ago I visited New Orleans. I had not been there in over 20 years. It is a unique American city. It has fantastic food, warm weather, fascinating people, and can be a lot of fun. I saw some things that were disturbing – lots of drunks, too many homeless people, and a carefree lifestyle that creates destructive results. But, it is easy to see the bad things in a place like New Orleans and miss the good.

Jill and I hanging out in Jackson's Square in New Orleans historic French Quarter.
Jill and I hanging out in Jackson’s Square in New Orleans historic French Quarter.

New Orleans is a unique city

One thing I noticed in New Orleans is that people are relaxed and able to be themselves. They let who they are show. My sense is that too many people spend a lot of time and energy trying to please others and be someone different than who they really are. This constant concern about what others think about you creates unnecessary frustration and consternation. I am not saying to be weird or strange, just to draw attention to yourself. Rather I am saying that you are unique, so don’t be afraid to be yourself. For example, I like to smoke cigars. For years and years, I did not because I was worried about what others might say. Nowadays I enjoy a good cigar whenever I want to.

Enjoying a good cigar in New Orleans.
Enjoying a good cigar in New Orleans.

It’s just better to be yourself than to try to be some version of what you think the other person wants.
– Matt Damon

Veteran leader, life-long learner, and novice blogger. Faithful father of two fine young men. Founder of All The Way Leadership! Former US Army Airborne Ranger and Officer. Currently work as a management consultant at a top firm.

    2 replies to "You are unique – don’t be afraid to be yourself"

    • Antje Löffelholz

      Hi Douglas! I am Klaus sister in Germany. I think you stayed here for a pupils exchange in 1983? If it is really you I’ be pleased to her something from you Wishing you all the best



        Thanks for reaching out. Glad we were able to connect.

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