Authenticity. What does it mean to you? To me, it’s knowing and showing your truth, yourself, being the real you. I’m very passionate about this, as my friends will tell you, it’s something I value a lot. And lately I’ve been feeling a little (a lot?) conflicted about some of the posts I see on social media.
I get it, sometimes public figures get caught up in the “trend” of what is happening online, they see their competition write posts about struggles, upsets, barriers, and they feel they need to keep up with the play and do one too. But that really gets to me. I’m not downplaying anyone’s emotions, but when you put yourself on a public platform, understand that what engages people most, is when you show the real you.
Prepping for this competition, has opened me up to the world of bodybuilding. And so I follow others on the same journey at various stages and levels. And I keep seeing these posts that all look the same, posted by a different person. My newsfeed is full of struggle after struggle after struggle. And I really have to think - are these posts authentic?
Are they telling their truth right at that time - perhaps. But honestly, sometimes I’m just calling bullshit on that.
Don’t get caught up in having to compare yourself to what everyone else is doing. Don’t think that there is a “way” that you must be feeling on any given day at any given time. Focus on what you’re feeling right NOW. If you’re feeling awesome, while everyone else is complaining of hunger, shout about that. Tell everyone you’re feeling awesome. It’s OK to be feeling awesome.