Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Authenticity—can't beat it!

I smiled last week when I read my Mary Engelbreit calendar page for the day: "All I can tell you about fashion and style is this: buy and wear what makes you happy," a quote by John Jannuzzi.

I smiled because more and more, that's my philosophy on more than just fashion. More often now, I want to do what's authentic for me—what's right for me. That pertains to what I wear, what I do, what I say, what I feel.

We spend a lot of years worrying about what others will think—sometimes twisting ourselves into pretzels to fit another person's idea of what we should be, how we should look, what we should do. How has that worked out for us?

Surveys show that one of the biggest regrets for people when they're dying is that they didn't live a life true to themselves. They lived a life shaped by the desires and opinions of others.

Take a look at your life today. Are you doing what is authentic for you? If so, savor it. Soak up the happiness it brings you—and that, no doubt, you're reflecting out to others as well. If not, think about what changes you may need to make so your life is truly your own.

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