I love authentic people. Authentic people are not afraid to choose their own path in life. They believe in something of their own choosing. They do not blindly follow trends. I have the most respect for authentic people, even if they disagree with me. Authentic people are them-selves. They do not always try to please or impress others. They don’t hide their feelings or thoughts. They tell it like it is. I respect that. In fact, there is nothing else in life. You either live your own life or you don’t live at all. Authentic is not about glamor, glory, fame or popularity. Authenticity is doing what you love because doing anything else would be selling out.
There are talented and hard working people out there busting their asses to do real quality things. It saddens me to see so many people flocking to the mass produced, commercialized, garbage in the world. If you want to do your part to help the economy and improve the quality of the world at the same time here is a list of things you can do now to help:
1. Support your local bands.
Listening to pop music produced by record companies is easy. Having a real opinion and appreciating music that isn’t yet popular is hard. Show the world you are capable of thinking for yourself and pay to go and watch local bands playing original music in your city. There are fantastic musicians in every city who play solely for the love of music. Go out and listen to real people perform real, original music of any genre. With your support, maybe they will be the band on the radio that everyone listens to in the future.
2. Support local Restaurants.
Stop going to franchised chains serving processed food. Go to quality local restaurants with a chef that cares about selecting high quality ingredients and giving you a quality experience. Food shouldn’t be made in factories. Real food doesn’t have ingredients, it is the ingredient!
3. Buy organic, locally grown produce. You do not need chemicals and processed food in your life, from which possible side effects are still unknown. Pay more and get real food, that is good for you and won’t give you cancer. People are working to provide you with that food. Give them a fair wage for their efforts. Shipping processed food from the other side of the world is bad for the environment and it is bad for you.
4. Support Amateur Artists
Learn to appreciate talent before the rest of the world does. Value art because it speaks to you in some way, not by how successful the artist is or was. Acknowledge that is terrifying to put out original work for the world to criticize. That is precisely why the masses choose to play it safe and never risk rejection.
5. Become Authentic Yourself.
Do something original and creative. Overcome your fears of embarrassment and ridicule and try to give something for the world to enjoy. It is easy to be a corporate drone. It is difficult to show your true self and accept the feedback of the world. On your death bed to you want to be known as the person who played it safe, OR the person who was authentic.