Authentic self – now that’s a concept and a complicated one at best. Recently I had my ipod cranked up in the car, and I caught a line in a song by the Barenaked Ladies (“For You”): “If I hide myself wherever I go, am I ever really there”? These words resonated with me. How often are we showing up with some of our most vital parts of ourselves cloaked behind:
· Our desire to be liked?
· Our “shoulda, coulda, woulda” mantras?
· Our deeply engrained sense that the world isn’t open to all we have to offer?
· Our old storylines that tell us, “you’re not good enough?”
And so we hide. And when we hide, our creativity, our energy, and the very things that make us the awesome individuals we are shrinks accordingly – almost as if we’re not really there.
I don’t know about you, but the older I get the more I don’t like hiding. So today, I invite you to take a look at the places and spaces you hide in. Gently acquaint yourself with the parts of you that have believed they can’t come out and play. And then, slowly, take the risk to invite them out into the light where your truly authentic self dwells.