NOTE: I contacted one of my favourite young bloggers Giulia, owner of blog The High Heeled Paper Girl ,to write about authenticity as part of my ‘Of Undisputed Origin’ project . Giulia is an amazing writer, who has inspired me to be more honest and open as a writer. Check out her post below, and follow her blog 🙂
Attaining pure authenticity is a lifelong effort that must be pursued. Although some situations tend to neglect authenticity, due to social pressure for instance, there always will be a certain occasion when we’ll be able to embrace our purest and truest self. Whether it is through an activity such as singing or dancing, by expressing ourselves without omitting our shortcomings, or ultimately thanks to the companionship of friendly acquaintances which may eventually turn out forging us an imperishable love for showing our true self. As varied as the forms of our newly born authenticity are, these can never leave us.
Writing is, from my viewpoint, the very moment when I feel the most honest towards my own self. Besides the worshipped therapeutical effects conveyed, I believe that writing only enables one to question himself to a certain extent. The process itself unfolds naturally, from describing one’s feelings to sharing emotions and additionally uncovering one’s fears. In the end, the writer acknowledges his complete self. There is no doubt, only asserted certainties. There is no debate whether the flaws should be left aside, the thought doesn’t even have time to arise in the writer’s mind. Because it flows so soothingly. Each and every feature is taken into account, no cogitation required.
Nineteenth-century British poet William Wordsworth exhorted :
« Fill your paper with the breathing of your heart. »
Letter To His Wife, April 29, 1812
This quotation quite simply elucidates the quintessence of writing. The writer gives his whole self to words, he plays with them and perverts them, nevertheless he never loses himself in the process. He becomes the paper, the words. Therefore, he cannot cover the shady elements. Black and white it is. And that is how authenticity is imprinted in writing.
This is how I feel whenever I pen something. There is no time to question myself, I am solely absorbed in the piece I am giving myself to. I wish I could be this authentic when it comes to voicing words out loud, for now it is the only approach I’m comfortable with.
There will most-likely always be some kind of tribulations to hinder us from being honest with ourselves and from being satisfied of sharing all the parts of ourselves with others. But, at least for now, we should hold onto that these things that allows us to be authentic, no matter how tiny they seem to be. There is no greater pleasure than having this one little thing that makes us who we are, which reminds us of who we are, and which enables us to expand the perception others have on us by showing who we truly are. This not so little thing is a step towards the ultimate goal of being fully authentic, always.