So I couldn’t decide whether April should be all about being authentic or being awesome! And you have to have a hashtag these days!
#Awesome sounds kinda great, and #authentic, well it sounds kinda real.
Both would be, well, balanced of course!
Seriously, I always try to be authentic, and I’d rather be considered authentic any day than awesome. Both would be bloody fantastic.
I don’t think you can be awesome without being authentic, otherwise you’re just faking it and your awesomeness will be revealed for the fraud it is.
Authenticity is where it starts and finishes.
So how to be more #authentic?
By being vulnerable. By showing all the ways in which you aren’t so #awesome. By acknowledging the (many) ways in which you are the awesomesauce!
In April, I’m not going to fool myself (get it, this is posted on April Fool’s Day) or anyone else into thinking I’ve got all these awesome answers.
I have a few theories, some hard-earned lessons, some shameful mistakes that make me think I have something to offer on this awesomely authentic life journey.
And while I always try to be authentic, I could be more vulnerable, all of us probably could. Vulnerable is good for the soul.
This new post lays raw my insecurities about being an Adoptive Mum and the debt I feel I owe.
But in the interests of keeping my vulnerability to a word limit, here’s my list of the top (or should that be worst) five ways I’m not so awesome.
- I let fear stop me, too much of the time
- I’m jealous of other’s success (I have like/comment/idea envy) and I care far too much about what people think of me (when they aren’t thinking much at all about me – I care about that too!)
- Too often I’d rather sneak a few hours on my own writing etc than spend it with my kids – how bad is that?
- I wallow in self-pity (you know the whole infertility sucked and robbed me of so many years of my life, blah, blah – just get over it!)
- I wallow in feeling ‘not good enough’ – ENOUGH already!
And this is the really hard part, the top five ways in which I may actually be slightly #AWESOME.
- I’m a really caring person – for the most part I want to help people, even when I get jealous
- I think positively about people – I guess I make myself vulnerable to being hurt in this way, but I’d rather see the good – I reckon this is a strength
- I’m resilient – I know this because I’ve been through s#it, survived and grown through it
- I’m creative – ideas are going gang-busters in my head and they are often soul-inspired (execution needs work)
- I’m hard-working – I don’t mind putting in the hard yards to get things done and I can be tenacious
I reckon you make yourself much more vulnerable by acknowledging your awesomeness than you do in admitting your weaknesses. But you also show yourself to be genuinely authentic when you do so.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
So that’s my challenge to you for April – be authentically awesome – be vulnerable with admitting your weaknesses and vulnerable in acknowledging your strengths.
And I promise authenticity, vulnerability and hopefully a bit of awesomeness thrown in for the next month at least.
What ways are you awesome – come on you can do it (comment below)?
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.