Living Authentically-You Can Do It!

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Live in Authenticity!

Living authentically can take different forms for different people. The key is to know yourself and share it with the world!

I’m going to talk about this first from the stance of the LGBTQ+ community. For centuries, those who love people that are the same gender have been marginalized. They’ve been harassed, beaten, and even killed just because they want to live authentically.

When we’re growing up, there are so many hetero normative things we’re taught. Men can’t wear makeup or clothing like skirts and dresses. Women and girls shouldn’t wear things that make them look too masculine, like baggy jeans and loose tops. But what if a girl wants to wear those things, or a boy wants to wear skirts because they feel more comfortable, or more authentically themselves? I say go for it!

Living authentically isn’t just about the LGBTQ+ community. It’s about all of us. When it comes to cultures, for instance, it means letting people of all cultures celebrate who they are and where they come from. This has historically been difficult for people of color, including but not limited to African people and the Hispanic community. Unfortunately, there are people who just don’t want to know anything about cultures that aren’t their own, and most of the time it’s the straight, white males that show it most. That’s not to say that they’re the only guilty party, but from what I and my husband have observed, they tend to be the worst offenders. 

So how can you help someone live more authentically, or do so yourself? 

5 Tips for Living Authentically

Look inside to see who you are. This is so important because it will help you to figure out who you are and what you want to show the world.

Share your authentic self with people you trust. It doesn’t have to be family. It can be friends, co-workers, or anyone else you feel safe around.

Start showing on the outside how you feel on the inside. This can be super scary. I know when I started wearing skirts and dresses along with my usual pants and shorts, I was super scared. I learned to lean on those that supported me (like my husband) and just live my life! 

Share with others who may be struggling to find themselves. One of the most important lessons to remember is that there is always someone going through something similar to you. Find those people and connect with them. Support each other in your journey. 

Last, but not least support yourself and be kind to yourself. When you look in the mirror, try and give yourself a positive affirmation or thought. Tell yourself that you deserve to be who you are because you do!

In conclusion, living authentically isn’t easy. Sometimes, it’s damn hard but when you do, you show up as the best version of yourself. I’ve learned that lesson a lot over the last couple of years. It’s a powerful one. Here is a great 2021 article from Psychology Today about How to Know That You’re Living Authentically. It talks about the subject from the view of being single, but I think it can be for everyone, no matter if you’re single or not.

Also, check out an entry from last month called The Best Ways to Rediscover Yourself. I think it pairs quite well with this week’s post 🙂

Until next week, be well and namaste!

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