By Patricia McKinney
What does it mean to be authentic? It means to be real or genuine, not copied or false, true and accurate. To be authentic means to be free, the freedom to be who you really are as a person. It means to express yourself without the influence of another's opinion, and judge according to your own point of view. To be free means that you have your own style, and finesse, to discover your purpose in life without trying to mimic another.
In all my experience, I found that people live imprisoned in their minds because they sadly spend too much time trying to be someone they're not. They aim for aspirations that they'll never reach, because it wasn't designed for them, and waist countless hours trying to follow a blueprint not their own. It's like trying to turn a lion into an eagle. A lion is designed by God to be the king of the jungle, too walk fearlessly, to own it's territory, and not back down for any, while an eagle was created to soar for long periods of time, they're sharp-eyed, and they dive to capture and kill their prey. What you see here is two totally different creatures, designed for the opposite habitat. One is made to spend the majority of it's time on earth, while the other spends a great deal of it's time in the air. For either one to act outside of their inborn design would be suicide, and to be forced to be someone else is robbery. They couldn't function, feed, or protect themselves outside of their own natural born instincts.
Unfortunately, people try to defy natural and biological laws to follow a map belonging to someone else. Why? Because it's much easier to focus on others than it is to deal with yourself. It's simpler to look elsewhere than to accept the good, bad and ugly that lies within, and make efforts to change. But to focus on someone else keeps you in bondage. While you spin your wheels in competition, and waist precious moments coveting to keep up with someone outside of your league, (all to reach an image that's not your own), life will pass you by.
For example, many amateur boxers want to be like Floyd Mayweather. They want his money, cars, house, women and fame. Think about it, there's only one Floyd Mayweather, just like there's only one of you! People would rather take a short cut, have an easy way out, a microwave fix, fast money, and chase what someone else has, instead of grinding on their own. Most people have this mindset. They feel it's just easier to pop in a TV dinner and eat, than fix and eat a home cooked meal. Just the same, people want fast results instead of working to develop their true self that's produced in authenticity, originality, and genuineness.
Because I spent time with God, and got to know who I was as a person, while accepting my flaws, and making efforts to change with God's help, I'm free today. Think about it, do you want to go to your grave having mimicked someone else, or would you rather go in peace, being free, an original and authentic, being yourself?