Lately I’ve been thinking A LOT about authenticity… what it means, how to reach it, is it even a reachable goal? I had an interesting discussion the other day around this concept and the one thing we could all agree on was that it’s now quite the trend to “be authentic”. However, being trendy and fast becoming a cliche doesn’t make it any less fascinating or important a topic.
I believe that cliches become that way for a reason. Just like songs that you loved when you first heard them don’t lose their greatness being overplayed on the radio, you just become somewhat desensitized to the greatness.
That said, I’m not about to wax poetic about what authenticity means to me. At least not in this post. 😉
Rather than give you my thoughts on authenticity, I wanted to give you a few resources to help you discover your own thoughts about it.
If you’ve been with me for a while, then you know I’m an avid (almost fanatical) reader. I’d like to take a moment to share with you what’s been on my nightstand lately.
What I’m reading this week:
▪The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World, by Chris Guillebeau
This was an interesting and pretty quick read. Although I like the general premise – that we can plot our own course in life and not have to follow the crowd – I found some of the author’s firmly stated opinions to be a little harsh. It sometimes felt like he was putting down all those who chose not to live an unconventional life. I know it wasn’t his intent and he did warn the reader repeatedly that we might not agree with him. Overall, I would recommend the book, but caution you to take some of what he says with a grain of salt.
▪ The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who Yo
u Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, by Brene Brown
I read this one a little while ago, but I think it pairs nicely with The Art of Non-Conformity, as they are both about actively creating a new way of living. However, Brown’s view is that you don’t have to go against the norm per se, but simply embrace who you are and live from that authentic place. It’s a lot softer and gentler view of non-conforming and it works for me. This is a great primer if you haven’t yet read any of Brene’s other work.
What are you reading? Let me know if the comments below!
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