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I think it's easy, at least for me, to pick out an identity for yourself
To decide that you're going to be this kind of person because maybe that will finally make you acceptable
But if you're deciding what face you will show to the world, and you choose one that is not your own,
then people can't accept you — it's like you're holding up a mirror to them and reflecting back whatever they want to see
They can't accept you, because it's not you they're seeing
and it's not you they're accepting
We have to be brave and have courage by our side if we are to be fully seen,
if we choose to be vulnerable
And that's hard
But if we are never vulnerable, we can never be accepted, and never be loved
And that's much harder
But vulnerability, letting ourselves fully be seen, is so beautiful
We all have beauty inside of us
We all have gifts hidden within us
We all have a childlike grin hidden behind a grown-up’s frown
But we only get to see it if you let us
And maybe some people will tell you to hide again
Maybe they won't understand
But if you choose to always be hiding,
no one ever will
Some people may not like you
But other people will absolutely adore you
And they make it all worthwhile
But I think that unapologetic authenticity is the most beautiful thing in the world
It is choosing to always be yourself,
no matter how many strange looks you may get or how silly you may seem
Authenticity doesn't care
It strives to be itself, and strives to be its best
Because it knows that it's the only way to be happy
And I think that's something we can have by our side, always