For the past five weeks, I’ve been enrolled in Amy Pearson’s Be Brazen in Business course. (For me, it’s more “Be Brazen. Full Stop.”) One of the concepts that I’m finding myself most drawn to, probably because I feel I most need it, is authenticity. It’s so easy to spend our time trying to make ourselves into what we think everyone else wants from us (sort of like a friend’s retired show dogs—she says you can occasionally see them trying to figure out what it is that will make you happy so they can do that for you), and if we’re not careful, we completely lose sight of ourselves.
A little while back, I made a card for my Authenticity, and I’m reading from it this week.
Who are you?
I am the one who is true. I am the one who is unafraid. I am the one who sings my song—in whatever form it may take. I am the one who knows who I am and is not going to let anyone tell me I have to be something else. I am the one who does not know how to be someone other than myself. I am the one who is phenomenally, passionately alive.
What do you have to give me?
I give you yourself. I give you a way to remember who you really are—and to enjoy everything that is you. I give you the gift of quirky, honest, exploration into all the elements of your personality and your purpose. You never know what’s true for you until you try it, so don’t be afraid to experiment and see what works for you. I give you the freedom to find out who you are, and then I give you the encouragement (and permission!) to live your own truth.
What do you want/need from me?
I need you to be as true to yourself as you can be. I need you to remember that you have an authentic self, and it does not always match what everyone else wants you to be. I really, strongly need you to keep that true self safe, not to let it get lost in the sea of other people’s wishes. You are the only you that there is. And you are too important to let yourself play a part for the rest of your life.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell me today?
Most people tend to think that they always know who they are even though they sleepwalk through their days. Don’t do that. Go out and try new things and discover new parts of who you are. Make cards for them to honor them and access their wisdom. And always remember that your authentic self is happy and walks lightly through life. Even if bad things happen, knowing who you are will keep you together, and keep you afloat.
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