What does it mean to be authentic? Why does it matter? What difference does it make if others perceive us that way? Does authentic mean expressing whatever emotion we are feeling, regardless of how it will affect others?

I’ve been realizing lately that being authentic doesn’t always mean saying the truth at any certain moment. Sometimes I don’t tell what I’m thinking because it is more strategic for me not to. Does that mean I’m not authentic?

I don’t think so. I think it means that I’m actually getting good at taking care of myself, making sure what I say and do work for me, and that I manage the situations I’m in instead of react to them.

Being authentic to myself is what is key here, and the more I do that, the easier it is to walk through my life. I spend more time acting than reacting. And I am having a very interesting time!