Iwould like to begin this discussion by agreeing with MartinHeidegger (1889-1976) for defining authenticity as the decision of anindividual to choose shun away the external influences and adoptone’s true identity and existence.
Inmy opinion, authentic life means self-consciousness.an authenticperson is one who sticks to his oneself and real natural identity. Aperson who lives an authentic life only engages in the acts that areself-driven. An authentic person cannot be swayed by others to engagein activities for the sake of conformity. Everything does by anauthentic person arise from their decisions and inner convictionsbecause it is a necessary thing to do(Leonard, 2013).For example, if the society wants people to wear trendy andfashionable clothes, it is only inauthentic people who will do so.However, an authentic person will not engage in such acts because ofthe feeling and conviction that it can deprive one of one’s truenatural identities.
Personally,I live an authentic life. My lifestyle demonstrates that I amauthentic person who believes in my thoughts and conduct.I always engage in acts that I believe in and support. At no one timehave I ever been influenced by the external forces to do what I donot value. I am different from other inauthentic persons who want todo certain activities because of the approval of the society. Toprove my authenticity, I would like to give an example of mylifestyle. Although the society expects my age mates to use make-upsand wear latest cloth designs, I do no such thing.
Inconclusion, I am an authentic person who lives a natural life that isfree from external pressure and the desire for conformity. It hasmade me to be a self-fulfilled person who is happy to lead aconscious life and prove my real identity to the world.
Leonard,P. (2013). BecomingMore Authentic: The Positive Side of Existentialism.New York:
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