When this phrase is directed at you it frequently has very little to do with getting real as an individual; it is often uttered when you are, in fact, acting in an authentic manner, but society (authority figures, friends, and family) are exhorting you to conform to behaviors that are accepted as “normal”.
Most of those “square pegs” trying to fit into “round holes” receive this message often enough to acquire the belief, at a very young age, that they are, in some way, broken. Consequently, instead of embracing and celebrating the quirks that make them brilliantly unique, they spend most of their time working really hard to adapt their personality traits to blend in. And when that doesn’t work out, they begin searching for a “fix” for their “problem”.
The pharmaceutical and medical industries are beyond ecstatic with this scenario, because the pot of gold is, quite literally, found at the end of the spectrum of all those diagnosed “disorders”.
This post, counter to first appearances, is actually an attempt to proffer an opposing view of what it means to get real, not a personal commentary on what I believe to be an insidious dilemma within our culture.
The approach to authenticity can only begin when you are completely true to yourself: your beliefs and morals, your personality, as well as your talents and skills, and then acting on all those things that make you completely happy to be alive. It also incorporates growth, a willingness to learn, and personal permission to change your mind.
Speaking your truth is about honoring yourself and others. It is not ugly and nasty or disparaging of others who may have a different belief system, temperament, or gifts.
Getting real becomes an innate and natural process when others allow you the space and time to explore the person behind your façade.
Deep Root Center offers an emotionally safe, nurturing, and accepting environment that encourages and invites everyone to drop their masks of superficiality, small talk, and pettiness upon entering, to interact with others on a deeply sincere level inspired by the genuine trust, creativity, and kindness that permeates the space.
The physical supplies, materials, and resources, mentioned in previous posts, are additional tools our student members use to investigate their interests and passions that will often feed their emotional health as well.
When we say, “get real” at Deep Root Center, we mean, without question, you are free to examine and discover your true and authentic self, which may be concealed beneath multiple layers of misguided beliefs and untruths. Because, we are thrilled to know the genuine you with all your marvelous idiosyncrasies, challenges, and artistry!
*This post is inspired by all of “my” kids who are working really hard every day to dispel the myths and explore the things that make them happy.
Info Session for Home School Support with Deep Root Center at the Ogdensburg Library - February 4th at 5:30pm
DRC is taking their info session on the road. Come on out to meet the staff and listen to some of our student members tell their own personal stories.
DRC Canton Winterfest Open House and Fun Day … February 13 - 11-3
Everyone is welcome to join DRC staff, board, members, and families for fun crafts and games. This is also an opportunity to learn more about all of our programs.
Mid -Winter Break Workshops … February 15-19 - 8:30 -3:30
Register your child today for fun explorations into the worlds of Art, Rube Goldberg Inventions, Animals, Storytelling, and Engineering. ages 5 -12. $37/day or $185/week