I could leave that word just by itself and it will paint a different picture for everyone who sees it. It is a primal word. Just hearing it digs deeply into our soul. Our sense of place, personal identity and our relationship to this world is wrapped up in authenticity. We all strive for it from our choice in fashion, hairstyle, car we drive, places we visit or not.
Even those who we associate with is subconsciously driven by our own desire to create authenticity. I can’t quite put a finger on when the exact moment was when I had the realization of my own authenticity. For as long as I could remember, I would allow my environment to shape the person who I was. I fit into a mold of expectation and stayed firmly planted in it, even if it squeezed the air out of my very being.
I was a very good chameleon. But I was a fraud to myself. Something needed to give or my true being was going to be lost forever due to the sands of time. It could have come with age or circumstance, but I have to say, the clearest moment I can recall that I introduced myself to myself came when I moved to a location that felt as authentic as I had only dreamed that I could be.
I had seen a quote in the New York Times that sums it up…. “In Vermont authenticity is all, they do not try to keep it real, they are real”.
Now I know that this could sound really hokey pokey hippie dippy to some and by no means is this to say everyone should move to Vermont to get real! It is beautiful here, we would love you, but that is not what this is about. I share this with you all as only a point of reflection. As perhaps an opportunity for conversation as we move into that time of year when we might gather with friends and family. We will have the gift of being around people who might be on a different path than our own. Respecting each other’s journey towards authenticity could be the key to opening up the door of understanding.
So, as we travel across the river and through the woods to come together on this Thanksgiving week, I wish you all peace, love and joy on your Journey.
Embrace your beautiful authenticity and let it shine for all the world to see.
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Welcome ~ My name is Cindy, founder of Red Dog Travel & I am so happy you stopped by. On this journey you might learn a little about me, slow travel, my red dog Bella and a whole bunch more! Thank you for stopping by!