The (positive) outcome of being authentic

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I think it’s safe to say I’m transmuting into a new stage in my life. As if I had flipped the page over and started a new chapter. Or a “Part 2” of any good, long book that still’s got so much to cover.

I didn’t actually realize I had changed so much until someone told me so. But that’s usually the case right? We live constantly in our heads, so we never really see the small, daily changes that stack up until we have already become completely different people.

Quite scary if you ask me. What if the change wasn’t so good? Would we be willing to listen to someone tell us we’re going off the good path for us? How do we tell apart the people who know what’s good for us and what isn’t?

Still, the topic that I want to cover today is the (positive) outcome of being authentic, of being yourself unapologetically.


 

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of being entirely yourself, is “there’s no way no one’s going to love me this way”.

We were taught that our unedited selves aren’t worthy of being show proudly and publicly. We see examples of this everywhere: the perfect, candid shots on Instagram, the way we walk into relationships pretending we are always polished and neat and that we definitely do not skip a shower every other work out (guilty of that one *hand up*).

Yet something incredibly beautiful happens when you let yourself be vulnerable to other people.

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Your light shines through

People directly see who you are since day 1. No masks, no walls, no barriers. Just your raw, transparent self.

My babes at work see me exactly for who I am: the nerdy, Japanese culture loving girl who adores cutesy stuff and curses every 5 minutes. The girl who loves fashion, make-up and a good conversation. The girl who likes both k-pop and some death metal. I’m loud and when I laugh, I laugh for real; I don’t just giggle, I just openly snort like a pig!

You might or might not like me, but it can’t be said I’m not authentic.

And, believe it or not, people are actually drawn to that. When they see you’re all light, no drama, not toxic. We crave these kinds of people. Despite all the shit we go through each day that shapes and conditions us, we still crave the lightness, the healthiness. We want to surround ourselves with these kind of individuals because it’s freaking contagious.
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I’m wearing

White gathered blouse
Bik Bok 🇸🇪

Light blue mom jeans
Zara 🇦🇷

Ugly dad sneakers
Americanino (Falabella) 🇦🇷

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It takes a lot of guts to meet somebody and say:

“Hi there, here you have all the tools needed to hurt me. I will trust you won’t use them”.

It takes strength and a sense of confidence that I know is not easy to obtain, but that is so necessary to have better quality relationships with people.

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I used to be so uptight around people

Always putting up my walls. So defensive. As if I was ready for people to pounce me (spoiler alert: it never happened; probably never will). As if pretending to be someone else was going to spare me the pain of getting rejected, when in reality being myself lately has saved me more trouble and pain than any mask I could come up with.

Everything feels breezy now.

Chatting with people feels lighter. Conversations turn more genuine each time. I can relate and be more empathetic compared to when I was shielding myself. My connection with others is healthier and everything adds up to my life, it doesn’t subtract like before.

It’s making me immensely happier!

What are your thoughts in authenticity? Is it hard for you to be authentic?

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6 Comments

  1. September 30, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    Amazing outfit! It’s hard to say, I believe that I’m authentic but sometimes my work make me less me and then I feel like I’m not authentic at all since I’ve been limited by something or someone. It’s hard to be transparent because we all wear masks to hide some stuff from the world and have something only for ourselves.

    • Sora
      Author
      October 1, 2018 / 10:10 am

      Oh no, I don’t think keeping stuff to yourself equals to wearing a mask! I certainly do keep some things to myself, mostly to have at least a bit of privacy which is something I’m terrible at considering I share so much of myself online 😛 I just think that whatever thing you are actually showing to people should be genuine, and not some modified version of yourself ♥

    • Sora
      Author
      October 1, 2018 / 10:10 am

      Thank you Laura! :*

    • Sora
      Author
      October 6, 2018 / 4:34 pm

      Oh, I am very introverted as well! Well, at least that part of introversion where you feel like being around peopel all the time drains you, so you need some alone time to recharge those batteries 😛

      Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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