How do you explain ‘keeping it real’?
Often we use terms like vulnerability, authenticity and honesty. But I think there is another important dimension. Audience.
For me ‘keeping it real’ is just as much about the other person. How well do they know me? How much of my story or work or history? How old are they? What is their life experience? Where are they heading and what are they needing?
‘Keeping it real’ means being present to share as much of life and story and wisdom as meets the situation. Sometimes it may mean sharing a great deal. Talking the deep things of life. But in another setting, another situation, more about being present to hear and encourage the dreams, instincts or decisions of another person.
‘Keeping it real’ is being my authentic self as relevant to the person standing in front of me. Never hiding who I am. Never pretending I’m perfect. But being present to share just what is needed in the moment. For both our sakes.