Freedom to be yourself is a challenge! It is. Can you believe how twisted we are? Something as simple as being yourself has come to be quite challenging these days. Why is it so easy to be a mindless sheep? To follow the flock, do as you’re told, blend in? We were taught this way, From the time we’re little and placed into preschool by our parents, the programming begins.
So, Now What?
Being authentic is the ability to be true to oneself. Living an authentic life requires the ability to be true to our own wants, needs and desires and not live our lives by the opinion of others. Being authentic is the ability to make self-honoring choices and stand firmly in who we are in our core. Being true to ourselves gives us the insight and compassion to see others for who they are, not who we expect them to be. It frees us up from the judgment of ourselves and others and it gives others the freedom to be themselves as well.” ~ Victoria J. Reynolds
The above quote pretty much sums up the concept of freedom for me. Those people who embrace who they are, those people who choose to be themselves and nobody else, those are the people who will always be admired and those are the people who will always inspire others. This is what authenticity does to you.
Promise yourself that you will always act in accordance with who you are and with what you believe in, and even though it may be challenging at first, know that in time it will come naturally to you, and people will look up to you, asking you how you do what you do. You might not understand what they are talking about, because all that you are doing is being yourself, and it’s the easiest and the most natural thing for you to do, but looking back, you will remember where you once stood, and you will help them achieve what you’ve achieved.