The biggest mistake people make when trying to be authentic is just that: they try. They see these role models of what an authentic person is supposed to look like or act like, and they try to emulate that. Authenticity isn't about what things appear to be. It's about allowing things to be what they are. Authenticity is about getting away from hiding, from wearing a mask, from always asking, How should I act? What should I say? What will people think? That includes asking, How should an authentic person act? What would a genuine person say?Being authentic isn't about making yourself a certain way. It's not even about finding out what you really enjoy as opposed to what other people enjoy, or who you really are as opposed to who other people are. Authenticity is allowing your likes, dislikes, personality, appearance, hobbies, and beliefs to be fluid, to change, to evolve as you learn, grow, and experience the world.At its core, authenticity is the practice of surrendering the tiresome task of keeping up appearances and taking up of the lifetime work of allowing what is already within you to come out while you remove as many internal and external obstacles as possible.And who knows what will spill out of you if you just allow it to? Who knows what is within you awaiting recognition, awaiting permission to show itself to the world? Even you don’t know—until you try. Or, rather, until you stop trying. Until you become curious.
~ Vironika Tugaleva