So often we all listen to the world around us on who we should be rather than being true to ourselves. Little do we know that by listening to the world around us we are slowly crushing our inner soul and taking away from being our authentic selves. Personally, I was an odd duck, a little goofy, and a bit weird growing up. I never had that one group I hung out with, I was the class clown, a tomboy with jeans – a t shirt – long fuzzy hair in a braid, got along with everyone at school, and truly was my authentic self. As children, we are our authentic selves, because we are unaware that society will judge us and transform us into something else. Fast forward to my college years, when I had no idea where my life would take me. In my continued schooling, I started with working with my creative side. I was working on an interior design/space planning major, designing and creating amazing spaces with no right or wrong answers. Soon society kicked in and I was told, “you will not make any money with an art major”. Listening to society, I changed my major to sales/marketing and kept a minor in interior design. Little did I know I would spend the next 20+ years in sales, ACK. Sales came naturally, but it slowly took my shine. When we are not being our authentic selves we slowly lose our inner souls that shine to all those around us.
Always be your authentic selves! How do you know who your authentic self really is after society has changed your mindset? Your authentic selves are the things that make you happy, make you smile, and make you shine to all of those around you. What makes you happy: colors, being artistic, complimenting others, motivating others, being healthy, having fun, etc., What it genuinely comes down to is, who are you? I AM???? Not titles – a mom, a friend…, find words that tell who you are – fun, inspirational, passionate, artistic, healthy, musical, creative, etc., Make a list with two columns – 1, all the things you do daily that put a smile on your face and makes your heart happy – 2, all the things you do daily that dull your shine, take your smile away, and make your heart sad. Once you find your authentic self, you will attract those souls that allow you to be your authentic selves on a daily basis with no judgement. You can be your goofy, silly, weird selves with all the like souls you attract. Being our authentic selves is important for our inner souls to thrive, after all I am a strong believer we are all a work in progress in our lives.
Life is a Journey my Friends, make it what you want it to be!