On Living Authentically
So often I encounter women at sacred Goddess Retreats or at our women's circles and I find them sharing their fears about living authentically. What would their family think? How could they do that? What would it look like?
Living authentically is not always easy. Many of us were raised in cultures with specific standards for ourselves. Mine growing up was you finish high school, go to college, get married, buy a house, start a family. I liked the idea of this, but it never quite resonated with me. It didn't allow time for me to find myself, to travel, to explore or move to a new place. I found this expectation on me to feel heavy.
Living authentically will not be as easy as moving through the motions of the life we are told we should be living. It is often easier to fit the mold and do as expected than to be the one who breaks open the expectations and lives fully for self.
Yes, living authentically may shift some things in your life - for better or worse. You may hurt family members or friendships may seem unsustainable or things once loved may seem dull. When on the path of spiritual growth, we often carve new paths for ourselves and create a new way of living. We change.
But during this shift we unlock new possibilities for our lives. We reclaim our true desires, our goals, our dreams. We take back the power to choose how we live our lives. Not everyone is meant to live the same style of life.
Living authentically means choosing what is right for YOU and what resonates with YOU.
Had I listened to what I was told I should be, I would be a lawyer or in law enforcement. And that is not me at all.
And so instead, I live the way I have always wanted to: traveling, empowering others and living a life of joy.
It is possible for everyone. But you have to be willing to shed the old, to step into the new.