The word "Authentic" can be equal to "Real", "Original", "reliable", "trustworthy" or "dependable". It is within a person's character you respect for his or her honesty, for his or her openness, for his or her integrity. I am sure you know a few people like this in your life, right? Well, pick one and think about him or her for a moment. This person feels real to you. Genuine. Authentic. It is refreshing to be around this person, to get to know this person, to interact with this person. We feel safe around authentic / 'real' people, as if we could reveal to them our deepest darkest secrets, as if we could trust them with anything.
And when we get to know these people on a deeper level when we establish a connection with them, it is refreshing to find out that they are who we thought they were all along, that beneath the surface they are authentic.
What i know about authentic people:-
Authentic people have no agenda and yet they have aspirations.
Authentic people are trustworthy and yet sometimes they fall short.
Authentic people are awesome and yet sometimes they are superficial.
Authentic people care enough to listen and yet sometimes they don’t hear everything that’s said.
Authentic people can weather the storm and yet they get wet in doing so.
Authentic people are passionate, contented, care-free, calm, kind, helpful and yet authentic people are still people, they are human beings after all and thus they do worry, possess doubt, make some mistakes and bad decisions.
Authentic people fail at times, just like me and you.
Authentic people are flawed, just like me and you.
Authentic people are fearful, just like me and you.
Authentic people cry, just like me and you.
Authentic people are tempted by lust and greed and by all of the trappings of this world, just like me and you.
It is great to meet incredible, like-minded, authentic people and it’s even better when you are able to validate their authenticity. We often wish to emulate these types of authentic people, to make some part of them part of us, to instill in ourselves little pieces of authenticity.
The good news is that that authenticity is already there within us, that we are all authentic already, yet we often mask our authenticity with things that are not real, especially when we value material things instead of people and relationships and experiences, when we surround ourselves with things that aren’t real, when we cover our surfaces with an embellished facade. When we mask the truth with lies, we hide our authenticity, we bury it and it becomes hard to see.
None of us is perfect, but we all have the capacity to be authentic, to remove the pretense and the facade from our repertoire and just be ourselves, to be authentically me and you. All we must do is be ourselves. You see, authenticity isn’t something we do at all, just being who we are is what being authentic really means. It’s alright to be yourself, to show the real you and all.
A freelance Singapore-based travel photographer / photojournalist. I seek the extraordinary, but finds beauty in the everyday. Life is interesting, capture it.
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