“Self-authentic” Is Not a Synonym for “Self Deprecating”

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It’s human to vent about troublesome things.

It’s also human to carry yourself with a sense of passion, pride, and personal power.

It’s human to be vulnerable.

It’s also human to dig deep and find a way to survive when your back is against the wall.

It’s human to “keep it real” and “be transparent” about things like anger, sadness, frustration, heartbreak, and failure.

It’s also human to “keep it real” and “be transparent” when it comes to counting your blessings, keeping your head up, and affirming things that are worth fighting for.

Suppressing your negative thoughts isn’t the only way to be fake nor is airing out your grievances the only way to be genuine.

If the human spirit is essentially creative, then nothing is more artificial than a life lived without airing out a little gratitude for our ability to rise above the odds and make the impossible happen.

It takes honesty to be frank about your obstacles. It takes the same to be frank about your opportunities. Keep on keeping it real, but don’t let failure porn monopolize your concept of self-authenticity.