To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight. — E.E. Cummings.

In this time of social media and immense pressure beginning at early childhood, one must struggle night and day simply to be oneself. A football player is expected to be violent off the field as well as on the field. A librarian is expected to be quiet and mousy even away from the library. A lawyer is expected to be argumentative and sneaky even outside of the courtroom. Yet I know football players who are gentle as lambs, librarians who are strong and outspoken, and even lawyers who listeners and above board. But each in their own way engages in a daily struggle to be themselves not what others expect them to be.

I fear for our children and hope that parents will help their children overcome the daily pressures that come from peer pressure and social media bullying.

A question to ask yourself is — “Who am I, and what or who is trying to prevent me from being myself?”

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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