My conscious tells me yes... I do not know how to be anything other than me.
It is one of the few things that does. It's the game playing and front'n' that I screw up, on that rare occasion it is expected of me. It's awkward, ineffective, embarrassing, anxiety spiking, and ultimately fruitless. Meds mask the stuff I don't like, and conscience compels me to solve that Rubik's cube of "playing the game" yet being radically true and totally me.
It is the most natural thing to me to be me completely. I find nothing easiest than this :-)
If I was "fake" or superficial, I would have more friends than I do now. I don't dye my hair and I don't even wear a pretend smile. I am what I am, and I am genuine to the core. If people don't like me for who or what I am...that's fine by me. I live to please the Almighty and His precious Son...not homo sapiens.
It took me a long time to embrace my weirdness. I used to act in ways that I thought other people wanted me too because I wanted them to like me. I'm okay now with not being just like everybody else. So yes. It's easy... now.
Yes, very easily and naturally. I wouldn't want to live any other way.
It's the only way to be for me. I feel like I'm in another person's body and telling myself that someone's opinion matters more of the value that I have for myself. I think of how it would get worse if I allowed it for a second. I think it's a choice and one that you have to make everyday.
Yes. I found a long time ago that trying to fit in and be like "everyone else" is what comes hard. But I'm happy, and when I am happy it is easier to make others feel happy around me
Totally! I am a child in an adult's body! I love to be inquisitive and ask lots of questions. I don't always like the answers because a lot of times they limit my imagination. Perhaps authenticity and imagination go together?
I think part of growing up is learning to accept who you are. If you look at younger people, it's quite easy to put them in groups (which no doubt have different names in different countries- I won't give examples because I don't want to confuse people!) Children all dress in pretty much the same way (because their parents still dress them and want them to look cute and innocent) and they all enjoy most of the same things - going to the park, colouring in, playing with dolls/action men. When we get a little bit older then we rebel against our parents and attempt to find our own identity, but because we're still so young then (say 13 or 14) we don't really know what is truly 'us', so we dress the way our friends do and like (or pretend to like) the same things.
Once we reach maturity it's so much more difficult to put us in boxes - we're all so different, with different interests/hobbies, and we all like different things and dress in different ways. Once we've reached the time in our life when we truly know who we are, we also tend not to have the same insecurities that teenagers do - it's so much easier to say 'take me or leave me, but this is who I am.'
So yes, being authentic does come easily to me because I know who I am, my friends and family love me for who I am, and if others don't like it then I'm really okay with that. That hasn't always been the case, when I was younger I wanted to fit in just as much as everyone else, but now I'm all grown up and comfortable with who I truly am
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