More than anything, I believe that people are looking for authenticity–in themselves, in their lives, in others, individually and collectively. This authenticity should manifest itself in the form of relationships consistently built on and representative of trust, honesty, and acceptance; careers that are extensions of our talents, abilities, and interests; personal lives that echo the visions we have for them. We want to be ourselves, surround ourselves with people who accept us as we are, remain true to our ourselves and maintain our integrity in our careers. In other words, be who we are and do what we want to do. It’s a rather simple idea.
What My World’s Like started as a personal project, that while personal, always sought to keep others in mind. Neither our stories nor our struggles are our own. The idea of this project resonates with others seeking to recover from their cynicism and find the good. As my readership grew, I created this pressure to consistently supply something. Five out of the seven days, I wanted to post something. Here’s the thing: it’s driving me nuts.
I’ve been posting to keep up with a schedule that really isn’t true to me anymore and, despite constant growth, I think the blog has suffered as a result. In an effort to live my own authentic life, I want you to know who I am: a free spirit who loves writing and never wants it to be a chore. To honor who I am, where I am–slightly uninspired– and where I’m going–full authenticity, I want you to know that you should not expect daily posts. After I press “publish” and accept that I can post whenever I want, I could wind up putting something out everyday from an honest inclination.Ã‚Â This self-accepted and arbitrary pressure could very well be what’s in the way.
Yesterday’s entry was about knowing when to slow down, stop, or keep going; I need to slow down.Ã‚Â My authenticity demands it.
Which does your authenticity require of you?