Happiness comes from being yourself!

Happiness comes from being yourself!



Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind ~ Bernard Baruch


Tonight some more images from the temple at Burning Man.  The temple is someplace where people bring things they wish to let go, a place to say goodbye to loved ones who have passed on and aspects of themselves they wish to lose.  The walls and surfaces of the temple are covered in memorials and sayings to this effect.  There is a lot of wisdom on these walls and tonight a discussion of some of the wisdom I photographed there.



This sentiment is massively important in life with one caveat.  That caveat is once you truly know yourself.  Once you do you can tell the world to accept you or walk away.  You have to love yourself first, at that point the opinion of others no longer matters.




So much of the time we act tough, we have to, other people depend on us.  We act tough so others won’t be afraid, so our children won’t know how hard things truly are when they are bad.  We act tough because we know we are strong enough to handle things when others around us are not.  But when it’s quiet, when you’re with others who truly care about you, stop acting tough.  I know it feels like it, but you don’t always have to be the responsible one, the strong one, the tough one. Just stop at least for a minute and let others know you are vulnerable, that you hurt too, that sometimes you need to be cared for, not to be the one doing the caring.  Understand my friends, you are deserving of the care you give others, it, whatever it is, is not your fault, so stop acting so tough and let someone care for you.




My favorite piece in the temple, the simplest possible physical expression of the idea that you have to love yourself.  So love yourself my friends and have a happy day ~ Rev Kane




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About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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