Brene' Brown, author of Daring Greatly, once said that "Authenticity is a collection of choices we have to make everyday. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen".
Looking at today's youth; through the processes of socialization, the influences that social institutions and cultural structures place within their social identities (as individuals and collectively). One comes to question the youths potentials and capabilities of their authentic value systems they contain from within; How do you know what's true for you? Are you able to stay loyal to that truth? Is todays youth, living an authentic life as an individual?
I truly believe that the youth of today, are culturally associated and are merely defined by materialistic concepts which derive from our contemporary commercialised society. Majority of our future leaders have become overburdened by the idea of 'how they should look, behave, take interest in, and so forth' in order to 'Belong' and be 'Accepted' by the mass. Masks are worn by the collective, thereafter neglecting and losing their true selves; which results to the emergence of one living with a void -emptiness and self-destruction;(Substance abuse, alcohol, promiscuous behaviour, major depression and even suicide).
Challenges faced by the youth are in fact intense and not taking seriously by society, most importantly, by family members themselves. We as the youth and the future leaders, need to self-reflect from within, have a conversation with the 8year old you, be able to discover the authentic self and realise yourself from the burdens of wearing a mask. Once you truly know who you are, your destined purpose arises, the void you once had; is filled with aspirations, compassion and all the beauties of your world.
I truly believe that, in order for our society to become a better place; it needs to start with self-love and authenticity of an individual, thereafter, all their positive energies become vibrated towards the ones around them. Before you know it; we will be living in a place that's truly filled with positive vibrations and able to be a helping hand for those in need.
It all starts from within.
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