We all have faced situations that felt like we were wearing a mask. It is when we think that acting a certain way or saying certain things it will help us to be accepted.

We tell people what we think they want to hear, and act in ways that go against our true nature. Instead of being ourselves, we play a role to fit in, or to impress others.

It is a self-protection mechanism developed in childhood that makes us to live inauthentically.

Let’s face the truth – it is not always easy to live authentically. At times, being true to what you know is right means that you go against the crowd, against your family rules, against your culture, against your old self.

However, our true self remains the same no matter what situation we are in. Just because we have different roles to play does not mean that we have to wear different masks along the way.

The question here is how we can be authentic in a society that values inauthenticity?

Living authentically means that you live according to the values and beliefs that you hold most dear, and that the personal goals that you pursue emerge from these.

Start by analysing the daily choices that you make. You will often intuitively know what the right and wrong choices are. Your goal is to learn how to listen to YOUR inner voice – that sense of peace – that tells you that something is wrong.

Learn to listen to your wants and needs.

Most importantly authenticity is living your life according to your own needs and values rather than those that society, friends, and family expect from you.