Support Authentic People!

guitarI 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.

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

3 Responses to Support Authentic People!

  1. Neil says:

    I agree with what you are saying – too many people these days are content to be told what they should or shouldn’t like. Of course, that suits record and movie companies (and mass producers, in general) down to the ground. It’s great when you can decide what to produce, knowing that the public will lap it up even when it’s a pile of garbage.

    We all cry out for freedom of choice, but that cry rings a little hollow when people are afraid to venture into the unknown. As you said, responsibility for that freedom of choice falls to the consumer as much as the producer.

    In the age of internet consumerism, there is really no excuse for most of us not to try something new. Even sites like the iTunes Music Store have a vast catalogue of artists that have never achieved much commercial success, but are nevertheless well worth a listen. And you even get to listen before you purchase! It’s not like the old days, when you had to sift through dusty boxes in a back-street music store to find something by an obscure band whose records never made it onto the high street.

    Still, having said all that, it’s worth bearing in mind that not all pop is manufactured by record companies. Love them, or loathe them, a band like Coldplay probably fall into the pop genre, yet achieved their fame through the hard sweat of practice and endless gigs in small, out of town venues, in order to build up a fan-base. There is nothing wrong with pop-culture, but it would be nice if it was created by consumers making an informed choice rather than having it thrust upon us because we are too lazy too look around and try something new…

    • John says:

      Thanks for the comments Neil!

      I too love a lot of popular culture. I am a huge fan of popular bands of all genres. I also think Starbucks can be credited with bringing coffee culture to countries like Canada, America and Japan. So popular is not all bad. I just hate to see really talented people have to give up their dreams because there are not enough people to support them.

  2. Mark says:

    It is too bad that so many parts of the world are being Americanized. I don’t want to see any McDonald’s or Starbucks in China, Thailand or anywhere else in the world. “Authentic” experiences are disappearing in the world.

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