Authenticity means you’re true to your own personality, values, and spirit, regardless of the pressure that you’re under to act otherwise. You’re honest with yourself and with others.
When we give ourselves permission to be ourselves, we can live free from others’ ideas and expectations, and we can choose to navigate our own course in life.
It isn’t always easy to live authentically. Being true to what you know is right, means swimming against the current, in the opposite direction to everyone else. It may mean you’re considered unconventional, opening yourself up to criticism and possibly hate, it can mean taking the harder road.
It may mean missing some opportunities – I have learned to accept this, but in the longer term, it’s likely to open up many more opportunities; opportunities that simply wouldn’t be available to someone who has been seen to be insincere, conflicted, vacillating, or fake.
Living an authentic life is vastly more rewarding than hiding your true self. When you live authentically, you don’t have to worry about what anyone else thinks, what you said, how you acted, or whether you did the right thing. Living authentically means you can trust yourself and your motivations implicitly.
Authenticity brings peace and a quietened mind. If I’d never been lost, I wouldn’t have found my true self.