Truly authentic?

While authenticity is seemingly a topic hot

True authenticity is increasingly hard to spot


While hashtags scream “be yourself” everywhere

All the content that with the world people share

Is carefully constructed to display positivity

Airbrushed and filtered, arranged skillfully

To give everything a hopeful twist

A complex narrative narrowed down to a gist

That is overly simplistic, promising the one hack

That can make up for everything you lack


No matter how authentic you want to be

You still want that the world should see

The most palatable aspects of you

Real life is always messy, it’s true

To be truly authentic you would need to reveal

How in your worst moments you feel


As I write these lines, I have this thought

Perhaps authenticity is hard because we’re not

Meant to share everything with the world as we do

Our true selves are meant to be revealed to people few…


On an authenticity scale of one to ten

I rate myself quite highly but then

The worst of me under wraps I still


My true authenticity is still buried deep


In parting, when ChatGPT tries to replace what I do

I shall need my authenticity to carry me through

(This artwork is authentic- the proportions are all off!)

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

2 thoughts on “Truly authentic?

    1. It’s scary… we will need to redefine learning in schools and colleges, workplace responsibilities and eventually what it means to be human.. I feel like we need to focus on creativity more than ever!

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