It’s been a while since a post like this has come on the blog. But it’s important to reiterate this notion.
The notion that this journey is yours many people will not understand. Some may even be negative toward it or try to lead you astray. Don’t give in because that means straying away from your authentic self, which may seem false right now, but trust me, it’s true.
The authentic self is our core directive, the parts of our identity that don’t change from moment to moment. In a previous post, the notion of being who you need to be in the moment was essential. Don’t forget that now or throw it aside, but use the statement above as the guide. Call it the first step/ part of authenticity.
The second is embracing your strengths and weakness by loving them, turning weakness into power, through the love of oneself. Because there will always be things you can’t do, but that doesn’t mean you focus on them. Instead, gravitate toward learning and exploring new ways to get stuff done. There is no need to get flustered on an inability or lack, as they are usually the minds way of pulling you away from happiness or moving forward.
The third is to never apologize for who you are. Even when others make you feel like there is something wrong with you or you stand out too much, that’s just their insecurities projected onto you.
The fourth and last point for this post is to be kind to yourself even when all feels lost, anxiety is high, and you want to give up. Don’t allow negative self-talk to come in during these moments or at all. As it just forces you to dim the light that shines within. Take a few deep breaths and deal with each stressor one by one. Remember, there is nothing you cannot overcome. If you can’t find peace or feel too overwhelmed, remind yourself that it’s in your head and you’re safe.
As you come to grips with allowing the authentic self to shine through, the journey has yet to begin. No matter how old or how far along you believe you are until you can truly accept, love and respect the authentic self you’ve been holding yourself back.
I know that is hard to read, but sadly it’s the truth because the adventure begins when you allow yourself to shine. It opens the door to living more purposefully because everything you do is to aid in growth. From speaking out on topics you love, working a job you’re passionate about and letting go of fear. The fear of being judged by your peers, strangers, negative self-talk and everything in between, moreover, the fear of allowing yourself to be free.