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Throughout high school, Yanis over-exerted himself to fit in his class. He strove to be recognized and, as graduation approached, he felt empty thinking of his accomplishments.

One afternoon, his teacher approached him, “Congratulations, Yanis, on making valedictorian! You’ve achieved greatly these past four years.”

Yanis looked down and nodded his head. ” What’s wrong, Yanis?” his teacher asked.

“Everyone says it’s great and I thought it was something I had to do but it doesn’t feel right.”

His teacher nodded in understanding and said, ” Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen. Sounds like you’re ready to recognize your authentic self. Remember to be proud of all your discoveries, even if you decide they’re not meant for you.”

Inspired by “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” – Brene Brown