No, it's better to hide authenticity in the closet. Authenticity is for a utopian society. Yeah, it would be nice, but we can't have that here, not in our reality.
Does any of this resonate with you? You desperately long to live freely and authentically, but the fear of people judging you is too great. You just stuff the "real" stuff in the closet and put on the "fake" to walk around day to day.
Think about the last time someone asked you:
Hey, how's your day going?
You look at them, smile and say:
And you go on your "merry" way thinking to yourself, I hate it when people ask me that. What, do they really expect me to answer honestly? I don't think so!!! It would take 2 hours for me to go into how I'm really doing.
How's my day going? Do you really want to know?
I'm writing about this because I know how this feels! I have done so many things to earn other people's approval and I have NOT done things out of fear of what others might think. This is crippling. It always leaves you cheating your true, authentic self. You live a life based on what you think others expect of you instead of really living out your full potential.
Friends, we have got to STOP! We need to put the "fake" back in the closet where it belongs and get out AUTHENTICITY. We need to process our emotions. We need to communicate how we are feeling. We need to be real with God, with ourselves and with others. Then, and only then, will we live full, abundant lives.
P.S. If people don't like the real you--the authentic you, good riddance! Surround yourself with people who love, encourage and bring out your true, authentic self!
P.P.S. Since posting the article, Retiring at 27, I've received an enormous outpouring of love and support. Although it felt scary putting myself out there like that--sharing pieces of my heart, lifelong goals and dreams...it's amazing how free I felt communicating authentically and inviting people into that space. It's like the world opens up to you when you open up yourself.
Your beauty should be that of your inner self… (1 Peter 3:4)