Authenticity is everything.
It’s somewhat of a cliche sentiment, but I agree with it 100%.
Today I want to talk about why.
To begin, I should probably start with what exactly made me want to write about this topic in the first place.
It was a few mornings back. Per usual, I was sitting at my desk, coffee in hand, trying to get some work done. I had a lot I had to get done that day, and I decided I would begin by brainstorming blog post ideas.
Feeling a little uninspired, I began to seek out inspiration by browsing a few of my favorite blogs. This is something I do all the time. A lot of the time, I find that looking at other peoples’ creativity can help inspire my own.
Anyway, as I was skimming through these blogs, I had a realization about what it is that makes me enjoy reading them so much.
Can you guess what it was? Yep. Authenticity.
Authenticity is one of the most powerful things out there. And it’s one of the very few things I’ve come to believe all good things have in common.
Despite the fact that these blogs were vastly different in terms of content and style, I loved reading all of them for the EXACT same reason: their writers have distinct, authentic voices.
They are themselves. Totally and completely. And that really manages to translate through their work.
But while the power of authenticity matters a great deal in the blogging world, that’s another post for another time. Authenticity isn’t just a blogging thing. It’s actually fundamental to every aspect of life. And today that’s what I wanted to talk about.
I found this really great quote the other day, and I think it perfectly encapsulates the importance of authenticity in everyday life.
“Live authentically. Why would you continue to compromise something that’s beautiful to create something that is fake?” – Steve Maraboli
Every time I read this quote I find reasons to love it even more. I feel as though it’s the simplest message, but at the same time one that’s so easy to forget.
It’s so easy to get caught up in negativity and self-doubt and insecurity. It’s so easy to let those things control you. But the important thing to remember is that not allowing yourself to be who you are isn’t going to do you any favors.
Because the more authentic we are, the more we are able to get out everything we do. The more we are able to understand ourselves and go after what we want.
Authenticity is the key to happiness. And while it might seem a little nerve-wracking, it is important for us to embrace it.
Living authentically doesn’t require you to change anything about yourself; it doesn’t require you to do anything other than exist as you. And, as the quote perfectly says, why bother replacing something authentic with something fake?
Thank you for reading! I realize Mondays aren’t usually post days for me, but I had a little extra spare time today and really wanted to get this message across. Tuesday’s post will still be happening as scheduled! 🙂
What does living authentically mean to you?