“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want.” ~ Margaret Young
Is being genuine something you have or don’t have or is it a practice?
I believe being genuine is a choice we make every day where we show up and be real and honest. We show our vulnerable side to others by letting our true selves be seen. It’s a daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we really are.
There are people who consciously practice being genuine, then there are those who don’t and there are most people who are genuine on some days and not so genuine on others. After all we’re human not robots, therefore we’re all made of strength and struggle.
It takes courage to allow ourselves to be imperfect, vulnerable and to set boundaries. We need to live and love with our whole hearts even when we feel unworthy. Being genuine isn’t always easy or the safe option. Sometimes being real over being liked is about living outside your comfort zone. When we do that, we are exposing ourselves to potential cruelty attacks but cruelty is cheap and hurtful whether it is true or not. Yes there’s risk in putting your true self out there in the world. But there’s even more risk in hiding yourself and your gifts from the world. Our unexpressed ideas, passions, contributions don’t just go away, they gnaw at us from the inside out and at our worthiness. If you decide to hide being genuine, you might feel anxious or even depressed which doesn’t get you very far.
Why would you want to sacrifice who you are for the sake of what other people think?
Maybe being genuine is contagious and if I’m brave enough to be genuine, it will inspire other people to be genuine too. I mean let’s face it, if you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve gotta walk the walk 🙂
Much Love ❤
Genuine Jen 😉