The fear of being authentic on this blog is dead.
Deader than dead.
After some trial and error, making choices about what I would and not write about and being cautious in general, I’m as authentic as I’ll ever be in this space even though:
- I never write about my work life;
- I limit what I share about my family and personal life; and
- Before writing about current events that get deep under my skin, I wait to let my emotions subside (though recent currents events are making my fingertips itch).
But I was thinking…
Can a writer truly be authentic if they have to place limits on what they say?
Then, I came across the answer in this TinyBuddha article:
“Authenticity doesn’t have to mean complete transparency, but it does mean acknowledging what you really think and feel. Very rarely does a person think and feel only things that align with a polished online persona.”
Well, I’m not interested in having “a polished online persona”, at least, not anymore after my summer of more ‘spontaneous’ writing.
I’ll just continue striving for “authenticity” by sharing the times when my inner voice escapes my lips, I suffer from episodes of midnight madness or when I invite you to take a seat with me at the family dinner table.
How authentic are you online? What “limits” have you imposed on your writing, if any?
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