Over a month ago, an exposé article on the local paper has shocked the literary community as it revealed a fraudulent writer claiming to have written published works and winning numerous literary awards both in the national and international scene. After the hard-hitting article, the writer himself eventually admitted, owning up to the accusations against him, which made way for unraveling the hardest lesson ever learned — the truth.

Since its release, nothing has been the same. It has affected so many in several ways and shifted everyone’s perspective on a different angle. The scenario itself proved that something as bizarre as that — going as far as lying and making up an entirely believable story just for the popularity of it all, only shows that it doesn’t just happen in fiction but could also occur in real life.

Has authenticity merely remained a word that has lost its own meaning?

Ever since word blew up, I think that the value of authenticity has never weighed heavier until now. It is a reminder, whether you’re in the field of arts and the sciences or in the area of finance and marketing, that being real and transparent will always make a big impact. 

As a creative, the artists I look up to will always give their number one age-old advice. They would stand up, speak in their proudest voices and say, “be authentic”. That advice has echoed for years, directed to anyone who is aiming for their best output. And I will always agree on that because it doesn’t matter if you have the follower count of a celebrity. If the gift of authenticity doesn’t exist, the influence you want to bring forth will never resound. 

Authenticity may sound like the most difficult thing to do but when you allow yourself to be grounded and humbled by your own personal experiences, authenticity — paired with the best, purest intentions — will continuously shine through effortlessly both in work and in deed. I have discovered over time that people are not searching for the grandeur but instead, they are yearning for more; for what reaches them out; for what resonates them in the realest possible way. It turns out that at the end of the day, what brings the most magic is what’s genuine after all. 

So whether you’re a writer, a painter, a photographer, a doctor, a lawyer, or just someone who solely wants to fill a gap in our society, remember that this day and age doesn’t require any of us to reach for the moon but to what is only true.

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Alve Jane Aranton is a 21 year-old writer from Cagayan de Oro, PH. She is a lover of words, coffee and cats. Alve blogs her feelings at  She Is The Paper Back Writer.

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