Integrity: making no apologies for who I was born to be!

“You took my light, you drained me down. But that was then, and this is now. Now look at me. This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no. Throw your sticks and your stones. Throw your bombs and your blows. But you’re not gonna break my soul.”   -Part of Me (Katy Perry) I recently wrote a post on my facebook page about authenticity (the act of being genuine/your true self). A friend of mine messaged me today and said “You already are the most authentic person I know!” For me, that is a huge compliment! I strive to live as (and accept) the person I want to be – faults and all. It’s not always easy that’s for sure, but it’s very important to me. Why is being authentic such a big deal for me now? When I was younger, I often felt misunderstood. Here are a few examples: I remember getting in trouble when I was in Grade 1 because as the “bathroom monitor” I had told the others kids to ‘shut up’ instead of ‘be quiet’. The teacher yelled at me and spanked me. I didn’t really understand why I was in trouble; I thought I was just doing my “job”.  When I was in Grade 6, a girl in my class was surprised to find out that I lived in a “regular” house. For some reason she thought I was rich and lived in a mansion. She said she had always been kind of jealous of me – until she found out that I was just a “normal”...

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