Really interesting piece - the idea 9f authenticity is getting increasingly common, but sadly often seems to be used as a justification for selfish or even aggressive behaviour. I have heard people speaking cruelly , justifying it as personal truth. The idea of Real in the quote highlights that it is - or should be - created and shaped by Love. Being true to yourself may actually involve being who other people love you as.....( reflecting here as a Mummy and Nanny). I don't feel limited or constrained - or less authentic - by those roles.

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