#234 / Authenticity is the key

Saturday Edition

“You’re not alone.”


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Everything I do plays out a different part of my personality. But every part is always based on something genuine, something that comes from me. My Dad used to tell me that he thought I had no personality of my own, that I was a collection of references and ideas stolen from my books and my music, that I was empty. But he was wrong.

The reality was, I had so many different personas that I could pick and choose between them for whatever situation I was facing. But in every one of them, I was connected with who I really was. And that’s authenticity. Authenticity is being yourself, no matter what form that self takes.

When you’re not trying to hide away the real version of yourself, people will respond. When you’re demonstrating authenticity, not some contrived personality, that’s when you find a way to reach out and connect with other human beings.

I’m a huge fan of letting it all out there. Allowing the world to see the real person inhabiting your skin, no matter how odd or misunderstood you might think you’ll be.

All my love,

Joan

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