The choice to be honest.
The choice to let our true selves be seen.
There are people who consciously practice being authentic, there are people who don't. There are the rest of us who are authentic on some days and not so authentic on other days.
Trust me, even though I know plenty about authenticity and it is something I work toward, if I am full of self-doubt or shame, I can sell myself out and be anybody you need me to be.
The idea that we can choose authenticity makes most of us feel both hopeful and exhausted.
We feel hopeful because being real is something we value.
Most of us are drawn to warm, down-to-earth honest people.
We aspire to be like that in our own lives.
We feel exhausted because without even giving it too much thought, most of us know that choosing authenticity in a culture that dictates everything from how much we are supposed to weight and to what our house are supposed to look like is a huge undertaking.
What is the definition of authenticity?
Where are the parts that come together to create an authentic self?
Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are.
Choosing authenticity means:
- Cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable;
- Exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle;
- Nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough.
Authenticity demands wholehearted living and loving--even when it is hard,
even when we are wrestling with shame and fear of not being good enough,
and especially when the joy is so intense that we are afraid to let ourselves feel it.
Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how
we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives.
Brene Brown - The Gifts of Imperfection