When it comes to giving, a lot of people think of giving time, treasure or talent to a cause of your choosing. I wanted to take this idea a step further and talk about the concept of giving yourself and never giving up who you are as a person. Earlier this evening, I was talking about always being the "nice guy". My friend assured me she was sure I had a "bad boy" side and she looked forward to seeing it sometime. Throughout my college experience, I have always had people trying to see a different side of me. This has happened when they want to see me drunk, acting as a "badass", or even scenarios where I find myself questioning my personal morals. I feel like it is a goal for some people to crack me open like a bird cracks open a clam to see what lies inside. I know it is simply curiosity and many times it is harmless, but consider what happens when you do show that side.
Take a second to imagine what would happen if one day Charlie Brown didn't go and try to kick the football. Although you may not have even thought about it, I have personally always seen Charlie Brown as someone who is dedicated, believes the best in people, and has crazy levels of persistence. If one day he decided to walk away, I'm not sure I would think the same way of him. People keep challenging you to take a different road in life and although it may be the road you should go down, you have to ask yourself if it is a road you are even willing to go down in the first place. Many times there is no going back.
In Robert Frost's famous poem, he ends his story with "I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." I always thought this was the best way to end the poem, so many people question if the road less traveled is a "good road" or a "bad road", but I personally just see it as "his road". Yes, I do consider myself a nice guy and I understand this may not mean that I will "have girls everywhere trying to get my attention", but in the end, these aren't the girls I was trying to attract in the first place. Moral of the story: Surround yourself with people who like you for you and the right relationships will come through. It won't be easy, but by never giving up who you are as a person, that will make all the difference down your path.