Do you have the courage to be authentic? When are you ever really your real self?
I know for me, I have the courage to be authentic when I’m alone. Lately I’ve come to realize how much of an introvert I am. Being alone is pure joy for me. The thought of not having to speak or engage with another person makes me happy.
Others, however, are people…people. Those of you who enjoy the company of others. Friends of mine actually like just the idea of getting together with everyone and the idea of fellowship. I cringe at the thought.
The Courage To Be Authentic
Recently while out with a close group of intimate friends the thought dawned on me that we all have some level of an outside persona. The person that we show others. That made me think. I’m a creator. I make YouTube videos on my channel Kaye Wright. I post to my Instagram page and I write on this website. I know other creators speak about their struggles with being their most authentic selves when they are in front of the lens or pushing the pen.
One YouTuber Evelyn From The Internets spoke candidly about it in her video 2017 Review where she chronicled what she learned about herself from a year of journaling. Her observations led her to understand they we are rarely ever our true selves. It’s rare that we let down the veil and show the world the person we are when it’s just us and God. This line of thinking led me back to a book by Brene Brown called Daring Greatly. In it she explores vulnerability. Being vulnerable is what we don’t do. It’s what molds all the different filters we use in the varied walks of our lives.
The Courage To Be Authentic Through Vulnerability
Vulnerability takes courage. So does authenticity. The courage to be authentic is almost one and the same with being vulnerable.
Have you ever had a conversation and later thought about how not everything you said was exactly how you truly felt? Did you agree just to agree or disagree just to disagree? How about not fully expressing how much you genuinely disagreed with what was said?
Even if it’s something as simple as saying no just because you don’t want to go to that thing your friend has asked you to go to, try being more authentic. Let’s try it together.
There’s something better in that realm than the one we are all so used to existing in. I believe that. How do you plan to explore the courage to be authentic in your life? Leave a comment and tell me.