Everyone is talking about being Authentic these days – it’s the new buzzword…the new “selfie“. To be authentic is to be genuine, yet imperfect and therefore maybe a better person. We work at showing our best highlight reel of ourselves on social media – and we also take perfectly timed photos of our ‘authentic selves’….behind the scenes or makeup free.
Yet, it is somehow perfectly curated.
I am doing it as well so this isn’t a criticism. Just an observation.
Why is Authentic the new Black?
When I wake up the morning, one of the first things that I do is check my social media accounts. It’s my news, my coffee with friends, it’s my way of saying hello to the universe and almost like reading the paper (used to be). Finding out what is going on in this great world of ours. But now we can contribute too which is much more fun and interactive. Sometimes it feels like our friends and connections are shouting at us: “Buy this product!”, “Look at my fun weekend!“, “See how perfect my life is!“….
A friend of mine told me that she felt overwhelmed looking at everyone else’s vacation photos on Facebook. She felt pressure to post her own when she was feeling a little less than her best….so she just shut off Facebook!
Just shut it off! What a strange concept.
Just no longer look at everyone else at the lake having fun, or showing their amazing bodies in a bikini while I sit on the couch watching Extreme Weightloss eating Oreos in my undies?
But isn’t everyone ACTUALLY DOING ALL OF THAT FUN STUFF?
Even though I waste so much time on some of these damn platforms…. I love it too! I get to see friends and cousins and people that it would be weird if I just sent them a text saying “Hey! Send me a picture of what your kids look like now!”
You have to take the good with the bad.
Just remember that being Authentic and showing the messy sometimes IS the actual life you are living. And so is everyone else. You are just seeing the movie trailer of their lives – the highlight reel. They have the messy too.
AUTHENTIC is the new Black baby!
Sometimes I find myself procrastinating on some of these many projects I have created for myself. I get overwhelmed and then hang around social media and flip around like men used to channel surf (mine doesn’t really any more – that weird TV-guide-thing seemed to eliminate the channel surf!…Thank God!). But we are our own Masters of our own Destiny.
The only person that truly knows if you are being completely Authentic is yourself.
And here is where I insert a shameless plug of my authentic (now I am being serious…she has authentic cornered!!) friend and wonderful Life Coach, Diane Taylor, who recently launched You Glow Girl.
Check her out. She has helped me to realize that my authentic self is my best self!