Do you ever find yourself going along with the status quo instead of following your instincts? It's a common trap, and one that can keep us from truly living as our authentic selves. But embracing authenticity can be a powerful act of courage and resilience.
Recently, I watched "Gutsy", a docuseries based on the book "The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience" by Hilary and Chelsea Clinton. In one episode, they talked about the importance of being a rebel at heart. But what struck me was that the episode didn't touch on ethical non-monogamy or polyamory, which for me was a reminder of how easy it is to be marginalized for being different.
I didn't even realize it at the time, but I was living in a closet of sorts, feeling like I didn't fit in with the norms of society. I didn't see anyone around me who shared my beliefs or allowed me to express myself in my own unique way. It was a stark reminder that our society doesn't always embrace difference, and in fact can often put us in a cage.
As a coach, I work with people to help them reconnect with their authentic selves. And what I've learned is that to do that, we have to go back to our roots – both in the earth and in our bodies. Our bodies have a way of telling us what's right for us, whether we like it or not. And so does the earth.
So I challenge you to take a closer look at who you are and how you're living your life. Are you being true to yourself? For example, I thought I was an honest, trustworthy, and loving person. But when I really examined my beliefs and desires, I realized that I didn't agree with the traditional ideas of marriage, monogamy, or even the idea that family was only about blood ties.
When we start to question the foundational structures of our lives, we may realize that many of our beliefs and behaviors don't align with who we truly are. We may even be following rules that are based on flawed or oppressive histories.
So I ask you, what in your life doesn't feel right? What would you choose instead? Embracing authenticity may not always be easy, but it can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life. And that, my friends, is what it means to be truly gutsy.