Today I'm inspired by a situation in my own life, to explore what it means for your work to be mirrored or copied. Have you ever experienced one of those moments where you wished you shared a little bit less? Or the words coming from someone else's mouth ring incredibly similar to that of your own? It feels uncomfortable, and regardless of the old saying 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' I hate it.
Imitation, mirroring, copying - or whatever you want to call it, is that it's like a public display of missed authenticity. It's a real life story of a person so caught in 'being something' instead of being themselves, that they have grasped at an ideal, and ran with it.
Acknowledging and noticing this in someone else, has encouraged me to look for the same in my own life.
Am I being authentic?
Am I being true to myself?
Am I being honest with you about who I am?
My answer? Yeah I am. In every moment, I do everything I can to be who I am. Sometimes I look back on a situation and think I could have handled it better, but in every case I always do all I can to be authentic. I'm certain that if you're reading my blog or you're staying at my house, there would be no surprise sugar laden chocolate bars in the fridge or negative banter.
The thing with authenticity is that people are drawn to it.
Consciously or not, when someone is giving their whole true self, we want more of it, there's something about someone willing to share themselves so openly with the world that is incredibly attractive. Maybe it's because our lives are surrounded by so much fake that anything real sticks out like a sore thumb. Or maybe it's built into human nature to seek out truth. I lean towards the later.
Not so surprisingly, this situation has been a lesson in holding onto my own truth. It's amazing how turning something around, and looking at it from different perspective can give a clear, and logical explanation. Today I encourage you to ask yourself, Am I being authentic? Am I being true to myself? How can I show more of who I am to the world?
Open your heart, and love yourself enough to share who you are without the barriers.
You are perfect in every way just as you are. And to borrow a quote from an inspiring woman living her truth ' the world needs that special gift that only you have!' (Thanks Marie!)
What is your experience with missed authenticity? How do you feel about opening up and exposing yourself? Does it scare you? Maybe it excites you? I'd love you to share your thoughts below.