Authenticity is tricky.
Just to be clear, I’m defining authenticity as
real or genuine : not copied or false
true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character
That can be tough to live up to. It’s easy to slip from authentic to unfiltered.
On one hand, I’d never want someone to think I was being fake or hypocritical or plastic. But on the other hand, I don’t want to hang my dirty laundry out for everyone to see.
I recently heard it put this way –
You don’t need to flush the toilet in front of everyone.
I don’t know about you, but I kind of gross out when I realize that someone is in the bathroom while talking to me on the phone. It’s just weird. EXCEPT, if it’s my husband then it doesn’t bug me. It’s no big deal. There’s a different level of authenticity and transparency required for toilet flushing.