What happens when you accept yourself.

I have found that social media enables the journey through life.

By expressing myself in a very public way, I have been able to look objectively and critically at my own identity. I have been able to receive feedback from people who know me, and people who don't. 

All of that introspection and reflection has been good, albeit sometimes painful. It cuts through the usual clutter and denial. It has accelerated the process of me finding out who I am, trying to live up to my better self, and accepting it when I cannot.

Many people think that self-discovery automatically means other people will be on board with you. It's not true. I think about Bruce Jenner: Some will support you, others will be embarrassed by you, and most of the world will continue not to care.

Social media has been good for me, and it's been good to me as well. I would encourage anyone and everyone to lend their voices to the Great Conversation.

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All opinions my own.

About

Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, www.AllThingsBrand.com and www.DannielleBlumenthal.com, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.