Are we living authentically? Authenticity is about being real and feeling comfortable in ourselves. So what is real for us? In order to know the answers to these questions, we must discover our truth and what feels right for us.
“To be nobody but myself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.” E E. Cummings
We are conditioned as children to be a certain type of person and live in a certain way. As we age and mature in our understanding of life, is it any wonder that we begin to question who we are? We all have a space within to connect us to the truth and what it means to be our authentic self.
If we do not do take time to find this truth and have the courage to live it; we will be led by others, who keep us trapped in their interpretation and belief of us.
The most difficult part of being my authentic self has been to expose my vulnerabilities. Being authentic means stepping out and going against the grain. It may mean I need to say “no” when I am expected to say “yes.” It may mean living a life less travelled when I could easily follow the “crowd.” It may mean showing a part of me that nobody has seen and being honest about my feelings.
These are difficult challenges to face. If we avoid or deny these parts of ourself to others, they will be exposed in our workplace, in our health or in our relationships. We can pretend all we want however, at the end of the day, we all know the truth and when we take the risk to live authentically, we will find our freedom.
When I start living authentically, then I create a space for you and together, we can free each other from the fears that hold us back.
As we step into our truth we begin to learn about ourselves, challenging old beliefs and letting go of our baggage. It is about being able to reach deeply within and find out what makes our heart sing, our spirit soar.