To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you somebody else, means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight—and never stop fighting. ~ e.e. cummings
How authentic are you? At work? At home? In your friendships?
Do you live according to your values and who you truly are on a daily basis?
People seem to be asking this question a lot nowadays, including myself. Authenticity is one of my core values, and I would say it’s at the heart of The Gift of Writing, so I’m pretty passionate about the topic.
But I’m asking the question, not only because I believe in authenticity and its power to change the world, but also because it is a continuous battle for me to live it out.
It’s a battle for all of us.
Every day we are challenged to learn not only how to be our true selves but also who that true self really is.
The person I was at 20 is a far cry from who I was at 30. And now at 40, I barely recognize that 30 year old woman. As we age and learn more about life, we become more of who we truly are at the core.
Along the way we can choose to conform to the “norm” around us, or we can stand up and be one note in an orchestra of many diverse and beautiful voices. Sadly, many of us choose to allow our voices to be drowned in one rising crescendo.