Being Authentic in a World of Perfection

January 17, 2017 by nomyogi in Lessons 0 comments
Being Authentic in a World of Perfection

For a long time, I have been my own worst critic, constantly picking myself and all my projects apart, keeping my distance with getting too ‘real’ here on my social media. I’ve put myself down and talked myself out of so many things, instead always remaining focused on moving forward along the path of perfection. Perfection is a fallacious idea and achievement. This past year I’ve let go of so much of that self- critical weight—but still something hasn’t felt quite right. I’ve realized that regardless of all this hard work, what I haven’t let go of is this invisible wall I’ve built up around myself as my own little fortress. Each of us has one of these walls –I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have some bricks laid down there somewhere. Over our lifetimes, we slowly add these bricks—one by one—from every little negative experience in our life as a way to protect ourselves from being hurt. Either way and whatever your experience may be, none of us are truly being 100% authentic, especially as we all are behind our screens and manicured social media profiles. Remember that social media is 100% customizable to you—it’s anything you want it to be and all of what you want others to see, but in reality it is rarely as picturesque as it looks. Social media has become an illusion of the self, which can be severely damaging to those moments of real social interaction. Yes, I love yoga and traveling but those are only two small facets of who I am and what my truth is. Yes, I am a positive person but that doesn’t mean I haven’t endured the wrath of fear, judgment, abuse and betrayal.

Both in person and online, we have the opportunity to have true, authentic, loving connections amongst ourselves but again and again we choose the fallacy of perfection—like a moth to the flame. Why? Why are we all so scared of seeing ourselves, breaking through our walls and deeply connecting with one another? I don’t know where, why and how this disease of disconnection began but I think it’s because what is lacking so much is authenticity. We can choose to be ourselves, showing the beauty of our flaws and mistakes with comfort, solidity and love, or, we can choose to stand quietly by continuing to build our walls—brick by brick. So I say let’s get to know each other –for all the light and the dark that’s up in there. This is a time where we all have the chance to crack open, to be real with each other and to show the true power of the human spirit. I am going to be me—for all of who I am and all of who I am not. I am going to continue to take you deep into my heart and show you all the raw juiciness in there. I want to remind you of what lies within yourself – the YOU within you. I want to know what makes you laugh so hard you pee and what has hurt so bad it’s brought you to your knees. I want to see into your soul – and I want to show you all of mine, whole heart and all.

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