-- Truth Be Told Quotes
If you want to come home, slip into fuzzy socks, microwave some cabbage rolls, and binge watch a zorbing tournament, that’s cool. You be you.
But it’s not ok for people to use “well that’s just the way I am” as an excuse to be tone deaf to the impact they have on other people.
“You be you” is about respecting each other's uniqueness. It’s not permission to roll over other people, even if they are a zorbing champion.
(Side note: Zorbing is an actual thing. We don't make this stuff up.)
Bring this quote into your classroom with a lesson guide and activities that are ready to use.
This quote is about finding the balance between being accepting of each person’s individuality and preserving the core values that define good character. It includes elements of self-awareness and addresses the need to set boundaries for unacceptable behavior in others.
As kids grow, we encourage them to be accepting of themselves through the awkwardness of growing up. We teach them to love themselves for who they are. However, teens are in a process of deciding what type of people they want to be. We are also guiding them to make moral choices, to be kind, to be a responsible citizen and member of the community. For teens to be ok with being themselves, they also need to choose to be someone they can be proud of at a deeper, moral level. They need to make choices and treat others in a way that is inline with what they know to be right and wrong. Without an internal compass that helps them make choices they can be proud of, they can’t be happy with who they are. "You be you" needs to include being someone you can feel good about on the inside.
We encourage kids to be accepting (or at least tolerant) of differences in others. But what happens when someone being different means they are cruel, selfish, immoral, or take advantage of others? Are we required to accept that person’s behavior because he/she is being true to his or her core personality? The point here is that “you be you” isn’t an excuse to behave any way you want to. A society must interact with civility and core standards. For teens, it is important to learn to set boundaries in relationships, boundaries around what we each feel is an acceptable way to be treated by others, even while we are accepting of our differences.
Questions to prompt discussion, journaling, essays for high school health class and social emotional development lessons:
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