Authenticity is one of ideas that many strive for. To be authentic to themselves, to their truth, their soul, their being. Yet true authenticity can sometimes be difficult to pin down, especially if you happen to be a people pleaser, either by nature or by nurture.
There are times when your sense of authenticity, your true voice, is lost or silenced or simply pushed aside. Maybe it’s because of circumstances or due to an act of self-preservation that got out of hand.
No matter the reason, when it happens you tend to start feeling lost, discombobulated, upset, even exhausted. Your sense of self seems off and your voice seems to no longer really be yours.
It’s at these times that you need to stop, breathe, and remind yourself what being authentic means. Dale Partridge strikes right at the heart of it with this stunning quote “Authenticity is the act of telling people what you believe and care about, not telling them what you think they want you to believe or care about.”.
When you stop telling others what you think they want to hear, or mold your beliefs to fit those of others, or even forgo what you care about to better “fit-in” – that’s when you loose your authenticity and your true voice. To regain it and be authentic to yourself you must simply act upon and voice what you believe in and care about. Nothing more and nothing less. You just do You.
Sure, you may not always “fit-in”, in fact, you might actually stand-out, but that’s not a bad thing. So long as you are doing what’s right by you, what’s authentic to who and what you are and what you believe in, you’ll shine.
The World could use more honest authenticity, because when it comes down to it, when most people choose to be authentic they do amazing, wonderful, life-affirming things and what is not to love about that?
Be your authentic self today and see if it doesn’t make a difference in your day!
Namaste ~ Ella
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