Today, I've decided to switch things up a bit (literally). I've teamed up with the amazing Destiny Rose from Breakfast at Destiny's to bring you (my lovely readers) a new post from a fresh voice. Although she hails from far away Dallas, Texas, we both share a mutual admiration for all things Audrey Hepburn related, cute caf├ęs and (of course) writing. Her blog is a great place to read up on everything from faith, to fashion, to friends and beyond. So once you've finished up here, make sure to pop on over and say hi.

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Every single person wants to be accepted. The human species is really good at recognizing patterns that develop positive results and then replicating those patterns. If one activity receives praise, another person will take part in the activity to receive that same recognition. Most of the time this copycat mentality is a subconscious mentality. So what’s wrong with this tendency?

Ever since we were very young, we have been told to be unique and to chase after our individual dreams. However, we grow up looking like clones. For societies to function, we need all different types of people. All of us know that, but then we chase after what is comfortable. The need to chase the familiar is rooted inside the soul, and it blooms throughout our feelings, conversations, and actions. Talking to a fake person is one of the hardest things to get through. You feel insignificant. When people refuse to let their guards down in order to speak with people, we are left with a lot of hard-hearted people that are desperate for authenticity.

Mark Twain once wrote, “All emotion is involuntary when genuine.” How lovely would it be to witness each person expressing his or her real feelings? Now, I understand that it is easier to be guarded- to simply get from one item to the next on your checklist, but what is the point? If we aren’t striving to meet extraordinary people and cultivate relationships with them, won’t we just be selfish jerks trying to pass each other in order to get to the finish line? News flash: there is no finish line.

Everyday you get the opportunity to truly get to know others- to be inspired by remarkable people! Martha Beck said it best. “When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity.” Will you be everyone’s best friend? Absolutely not. Will everyone like you? No. But honestly, does everyone like you now? No. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This remodeled life of authenticity requires effort but indeed reaps the benefits. Nice falsities and small-talk are getting in the way of inspiring friendships. Instead of worrying how others view us, let’s be our whole selves, inviting those people to be their phenomenal selves. Let’s create authenticity in a world full of fake.