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A is for Authentic

Being authentic is not always easy. How often do we do something that we wouldn’t have done if it weren’t to please or because it was the way to do it? How often do we not stand and behind our own opinions? How often do we worry about the others (parents, friends, neighbours, colleagues, readers, etc) and their thoughts of us? How often do we not listen to our hearts? How often does the little negative voice in our heads keep us from being our true selves?

Over time, I have come to realise that I have not always been authentic, that I have not always been true to myself and that I have not always listened to my heart’s desire. Over the past year, I have come to realise this error and now I want to commit to changing it. There are so many things that I would have done differently had I been truly authentic. But rest assured, most of the time authenticity took overhand and made me decide to take action at a later moment in time. Like when I decided to drop Economics and only study Politics…

I hesitated for almost a year before I started my blog. Now really, what was I risking besides not being read? I was not even writing, even though it was my heart’s desire to do so.

Since the birth of my daughter I have made authenticity a priority, because I don’t parent like the parents in my neighbourhood, actually, I don’t know many parents as many kids are either looked after by a nanny or in a nursery from the age of 3 months onwards, which was not my heart’s desire.

Albert, an altruistic anaconda ate an apple at Anja‘s and Aaron’s annoying afternoon appetiser in Atlanta

During the month of April, I am participating in the A to Z Challenge, my theme is authenticity and eclecticism, which in my book go hand in hand.

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