How can I live a big YES to the adventure of my life? That’s a question I came across recently on Gratefulness.org. And I had to ask a counter question. What is the adventure of my life? Would you laugh if I told you that it was ‘living authentically‘?

Remember that story of the little boy who called out that the emperor was not wearing any clothes, when the rest of the crowd pretended that he was wearing the finest robes? What made that boy say that? Simple. He stated the truth. I’m not sure what happened to the boy after that, but he must have been the envy of a lot of adults! What freedom to state what was the truth!

When I think about what kept the adults from the truth, I realize that it was fear. Fear of being punished. Fear of going against the popular voice. Fear of standing out.

Saying A Big YES To The Adventure Of My Life Means That I Sign on to Being 100% Authentic

Living authentically takes guts. It takes time. It’s not easy to call time on bullshit, even your own! 

To me, authentic living means (in no particular order)

  1. following your inner compass even when it seems to point you in completely another direction from people in your life.
  2. learning to accept that you’ve made mistakes and owning up to them.
  3. not glossing over situations in your life or painting a picture of it all being rosy
  4. taking ownership for relationships and situations in your life and knowing when to walk away from them
  5. not playing by the rules set by other people
  6. valuing and respecting yourself
  7.   saying what you need to say
  8. being grateful for every situation and person, knowing that life lessons come to us in various ways
  9. being more mindful of your own behaviour
  10. constantly questioning and seeking the truth.

 

Are you saying a big yes to the adventure of your life?

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Everyday Gyaan
 

Prompts for 2nd June 2017 are:

  1. Write about doing something you don’t want to do
  2. Write about putting together the pieces of a puzzle
  3. Tea or coffee? Pick your vice
  4. “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” – E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly. Use this quote in your post or as an inspiration for one
  5. Picture prompt (credit: Living my Imperfect Life)

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Living authentically takes guts. It takes time. It's not easy to call time on bullshit, even your own!