Genuine – possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real (thanks dictionary.com)
This week I selected by my fellow wordpress comrade, Troy (Click here to read his Life.Aisle blog), for the Genuine Blogger Award.
This was a pleasant surprise and good motivation for me to continue with my blogging efforts. In writing my post today, I figured, there’s no better time to write about the importance of genuineness (for the record, I don’t like this word. I think genuinity would sound much better as a noun. Somebody get Webster on the line, stat!).
My goal in this blog has been to be real, and to say things how they are without sugar coating anything. I think it is important to be authentic and true to yourself. But it can be difficult.
I admire any individual who has empowered themselves with genuineness, it’s a truly tough feat. Being someone who has dealt with shyness and fears of confrontation, there have been many times when I haven’t been true to myself. Sometimes I’m not even sure what that means, because I haven’t fully discovered who I am yet. The majority of people are in the same boat. It’s important to find yourself, but should you spend your entire life looking?
And who knows, “finding yourself,” might be a bunch of hooey. We are always changing anyways aren’t we? That’s what keeps life exciting. However, it is important to stay real, authentic, and genuine (Did you like how I just used three synonyms there to make my sentence sound better?). I know I am preaching to my own choir here, but in order to do this we have to learn to do things for ourselves, and not solely for the value of what people think of us.
“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” –The Skin Horse from The Velveteen Rabbit
To pass on the Genuine Blogger Award, these are some writers who I feel have that certain genuinity about them.
There are no rules for passing this award on, but I definitely believe these bloggers are deserving of it. Check them out!