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Stop Apologizing For Being Authentically You

We have all had moments where we feel most like ourselves. Where we feel at peace with who we are. Where we don’t feel the need to act or be like anyone else, because who we are is enough.

But this moment doesn’t always last.

We get distracted by what other people think. We get distracted by what will make us most likeable. What we think others want to see.

But what kind of life is that? What kind of life is it living to please others?

Maybe it’s comforting to be liked and accepted by others. Comfort feels good; it feels safe and reduces the likelihood of feeling rejected.

But we shouldn’t strip away our authentic selves just because we fear rejection.

Because the more you focus on being liked, the less you tend to the unique parts that make you special. The more you conform to fit someone else’s ideal picture of you. The less you feel excited with who you are and who you’re becoming.

So please, stop refraining yourself from living an authentic life.

Stop apologizing for showing up in this world while many people don’t. Stop apologizing for making your interests, desires, and aspirations in life a priority.

Because our lives aren’t measured by how safe we played it, how many people liked us, or how popular we were. Our lives are measured by how we feel. How we spend our day after day. How we chase our goals and rise up to different challenges.

And most importantly, our lives are measured by how authentically we choose to live them.

You have to show up authentically. Not because it’s a buzzword or written in a cheesy decor quote, but because you owe it to yourself. You owe it to yourself to feel free and confident in who you are. Please don’t let another day go by hiding yourself away from the world.

You ought to celebrate your uniqueness. Every single one of us has something to offer in this world. We are all here to write our stories moment by moment. Day by day.  Memory by memory.

Because authenticity is beautiful, it should be celebrated, and it should be the only thing you really hope to be.

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I am the only Jenna Hushka in the world. Follow Jenna on Instagram or read more articles from Jenna on Thought Catalog.

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