The Authentic Lifestyle

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Years ago, I would have given up already. Years ago I would have never even started. I would left my dreams for someone else to do because I wasn’t confident enough to even try. Now that I have faced my demons (and still face them today), I have learned to use my sensitivity to propel me forward.

We all get sad sometimes but not all of us have the gall to admit it. We all have vulnerabilities but not everyone has the courage to use them to their advantage. When you do admit it, when you do use them to your advantage, I like to call that authenticity. Authenticity is so exciting and I personally feel it’s the act of pure acceptance. When you’re authentic, it’s not just acceptance of yourself, it’s acceptance of all those you share your true colors with.

 “Authenticity is about being true to who you are, even when everyone around you wants you to be someone else.” – Michael Jordan

Here’s some honesty, there are a lot things that hurt my feelings. There’s also a depth about me people may never understand. But what do those two things have to do with how I choose to live my life? Absolutely nothing. My feelings won’t stay hurt and the misunderstood parts of me will remain long after I’m gone. But you know what won’t be here long after I’m gone, my own life. So as a human being with a fire in her heart to write and the desire to accept individuals for who they are, (not who they could be), I will not ever stop pursuing my dreams. It’s not just some commitment I’ve made, it’s a part of me, my dreams are who I am.

Authenticity isn’t some personality trait you’re born with. It’s courageously showing up for yourself over and over again. It’s learning to let go of all the temporary things that don’t add to your life. So here I am now, authentic and ready to live my life how I choose.

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