Authenticity is saying what you feel, even if it isn't perfectly worded or, often, even well thought out. Because it comes from a place of emotion and varied experiences, none of which are always clean or concise. Some of which feel dramatic to others, but affected you deeply when it happened. Those feelings stay with you and color how you see and react to the world. This week, people called me many things, inauthentic was the least hateful to be honest. Yet it stood out because I've shared more here about my life than I thought I could have. More than even my own family is sometimes comfortable with me sharing because of the types of things people say. And as I sorted through the myriad of good and bad responses this week, one thing was clear: my authentic self may not be one that everyone loves or understands, but it is me. And it is me my family and friends love, as is. While I will always strive to be better, be more clear, and understand my own emotions as I put them into words, the one thing I won't ever stop being is myself.