Being You ~ Outside the Margins with Susan Mac Nicol

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Being You – the good, the bad and the ugly

It’s not easy Being You. We all come in so many parts that sometimes it’s tough to put them all together and be a whole. We might find we only bring out some bits to show in public. Some people aren’t comfortable being the sum total of their parts and choose to hide it away. Others may feel they are so different, so misunderstood, so not like others than they choose to suppress who they really are and present a different image to the world at large.

It’s sad that there are those who need to do this, but at the same time, I understand it. Sometimes it is literally the different between life and death. For example, being gay in a country like Russia can be a death sentence. Certainly, as the video in this article shows, (warning, may be distressing to some) it’s something that leads to tragedy.

Eating disorders are hidden away, the person presenting a front to family and friends so that nobody knows about it. Self-harming is rampant as people try and cope the only way they know how, to fit in and deal with issues in their lives. We may hide ourselves under clothing that we think conceals a body that doesn’t fit the norm as we believe society wants to see it. We may be dealing with depression but hide it under a bright smile, thinking people won’t want to deal with it. People may put on a brave front and try and deal with their own thoughts and issues alone, instead of sharing. Especially when it comes to things like being bullied.

You know what? It’s okay to Be You. The good and the bad bits. It’s good to be the whole person you are; the person you want to be. No one should hold you back or suppress the real person inside. Including yourself

Motivational BackgroundAs a writer, I get to create my characters exactly the way I want them. I get to place them in locations I’d like to visit, or have visited, and make then do things that often, I wish I could do. It takes me out of being the real me for a while and transports me to a world where everything works out and the characters are for the most part, happy and satisfied with their lot.

Real life doesn’t work that way – would that it could. Real life is an endless cycle of decisions, acceptances and in some cases, denials. And as long as we have the strength and vision to at least see where the path is taking us and be true to ourselves, as much as we can be, and not let others dictate or tell us how we should behave, look, feel or worship, that path might be the right one for you. For me. For the man across the street mowing his lawn and the person in the coffee shop sipping a Latte.

If you’re interested in this post, and the words appeal to you, there’s a new campaign in town. The campaign is called #BeingMe and it’s starting right here in London. I’m honoured to be a small part of it in that I’m taking part and also transcribing some of the events for the magazine I part own, Divine Magazine. The link below will tell you all about it and how to take part if you wish. There’ll be more on this campaign later.

Don’t be scared. Be that brave little toaster and shout out from the rooftops –

I AM ME. And anyone that doesn’t like it? You know what to do.

~Susan Mac Nicol


Title: Worth Keeping
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Publication Date: 12/22/2013
Cover Artist: Boroughs
Genre: M/M Romance


Abused horrifically as a boy, Nick Mathers has come to terms with his existence as a man. Mostly. Other days life seems a little much. Especially when Nick knows he’ll always be alone.
On those days his thoughts turn black. He walks the Norfolk coast and considers the frigid embrace of the waves. And then, one stormy night, he finds someone who’s tasted just that. The beautiful stranger on the beach is near death, and Nick rushes him home to slowly nurse back to health. As he does, he finds a love unlike any other. Owen Butler’s body is as warm as the sea was cold, his heart as big as an ocean. And Owen is a man who swears to repay the favor. Nick can yet be saved from himself, and he will see that he is indeed a man… worth keeping.

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One thought on “Being You ~ Outside the Margins with Susan Mac Nicol

  1. I think being true to ourselves is quite possibly the most important message we can give young people in this day and age. Recently, Girl Guiding UK changed their promise in order to be inclusive of those who did not have a particular belief in God. The words “To love my God” were changed to “Be true to myself”. It is a promise all Guides make, from the youngest Rainbow at five years old to the oldest of our members in the Trefoil Guild. Some thought we were selling out by taking religion from the promise, but I know, and many others do too, that being true to oneself is far more poignant and a far bigger challenge. It includes not only faith, but all personal beliefs and values. I’d be proud to be part of this campaign as well if it helps promote self-worth and self-esteem.

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