𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐞.
Once my college professor angrily asked me ‘how are you going to earn money’?
I answered by bringing change sir. He laughed it off with an underlying contempt a practical person has for a naive idealist.
But I wasn’t only naive. I had a vision. And for that vision I made a silent pact with myself. I would never trade my integrity for security of life.
𝐌𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐜 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞. 𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧.
At that time, I was twenty and I felt alone. As if only I was dreaming of a world where we don’t hide our scars but we show up with them as beacons of light for us and for others.
All I wanted for myself was the freedom to be honest. To state who I am at that moment of time in my life. Without having to embellish my truth with the prevalent social conformity.
For this I fought many battles. I got many wounds. I have many scars.
𝐖𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧. 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐮𝐬. 𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐜.
The problem is that in the Deprivation Triade we are embroiled in a paradigm where innocently born are purposely raised to be hypocrites. On one hand narrating stories of honesty’s triumphs to them but on the other judging them to be fools for applying honesty in practical life.
For hypocrites I developed a reputation of being disturbingly irritating.
For those to whom honesty mattered we found our way into each other’s lives and have stayed there.
𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝟐𝟎 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬.
It’s disadvantages are that I am not popular. I am not always appreciated for my approach. I am many times misunderstood. I am not included. And ironically enough many times my authenticity is doubted as if I was faking it.
On the other hand I can sum up my advantages in one sentence. I am quietly changing the paradigm.
Here is how. Below are some of my star students. People who have allowed their innate honesty to become public.
They may come off effortless but they work very hard, everyday. They began with a search for a world that encourages living honest.
Like most of us they have not been handed a honest world. And this is why they are out there creating it. One person at a time. One matter at a time.
They are not preaching empty sentences about honesty. They are exposing their wounds. They are showing you their heartbreaks, their hardships and their triumphs with vulnerability. In short they make you think. They make you see differently.
They are making being honest and living authentic a norm. And we know that a norm eventually becomes a paradigm.
They are the greatest testimonials of my work.
I am their fan. And I bow down to their grit.
𝐀 𝐟𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐥 & 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡
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