My, it feels like an eternity since I last sat down and wrote a proper article for the blog. Ok, I’m exaggerating a little, but consistency in this area of blogging is something I need to work on.
Does anyone have an unused 24 hours to donate? Lol!!
This article was initially going to be about this season’s camel and bordeaux trend, but I thought it would be more interesting to articulate it around one of the major core values I try to profess on my blog and Instagram : AUTHENTICITY.
I don’t know, I just feel that in this day and age people try so hard to fit in, to be accepted and loved that they just about given up the most important parts of themselves : integrity of heart and mind.
I see so many people who started off brilliantly, showcasing originality & sincerity in their content and their social interactions, who, somewhere along the road, in the small bends that separate a discrete existence and social stardom, traded off personality and sincerity for superficial 2-dimensional wish-wash.
Ok, I’m probably coming off a little strong so let’s tackle the question differently.
When you genuinely appreciate someone, a brand or a product, what are the essential things about them that make them appealing? Is it solely visual (the packaging), functional (their purpose), or their representation of your values (cognitive)?
Many people aren’t even sure why they like something or someone. Very often it’s only because “everyone else” seems to or does. That “follow-the-crowd” attitude.
The problem with always going with the flow (“being a sheep”), is that you never truly develop the ability to distance yourselves from situations or people and run a high risk of being manipulated into accepting everything at face value without ever questioning purpose, cause or intent. On the other hand, some people purposely go with the flow in an attempt to hide their true intentions or feelings. That way they never have to worry about confronting or addressing them.
Which brings me back to the debate around authenticity…and sincerity.
When you’re authentic, you’re true to yourself (even at the expense of losing a social connection). When you’re sincere, you mean what you say or do (even when you don’t always agree).
The power in authenticity is that it leaves no questions unanswered.
People know what’s important to you, what you’re made of and where you stand.
Authenticity helps you define how people see you.
When you’re “in-between”, there is lack of dedinition. Thus, there’s a lack of authenticity.
When you contradict yourself, there’s lack of definition. Thus, there’s a lack of authenticity.
When you almost always agree, follow the crowd and never stand for something on your own, there’s a lack of definition. Thus, there’s a lack of authenticity.
Being authentic means you know and assume who you are. You have clearly defined your place in a social world and hold strong to your convictions in life.
You stand for something. And by being true to that something, no one can ever question the truth about you.
So, here is to being true, to being bold, and most importantly, to being you!
Bag (Drew by Chloé)