Congratulations on having an authentic life. You photograph beautiful people professionally or made a career out of designing pretty letterpress projects. I’m so jealous and impressed that you’ve found a way to transition your lifestyle blog from a hobby into a full time job. That’s pretty dang authentic. Plus, your kids dress better than me and your dog has more followers on Instagram than I do.
What about the rest of us? Is the man who is working as a janitor to put food on the table for his family of five living inauthentically? What about the line cook that works nights and weekends to give you that beautifully-plated farm-to-table experience?
Am I inauthentic because I work in a hospital and don’t make a living creating beautiful things? There’s a difference between celebrating the beautiful things in life and having a superiority complex. Folk Magazine, the party responsible for starting this campaign, has crossed the line.
How many of our Instagram feeds tell the whole story anyway? If you looked at my feed, you would think all I do is spend weekends in wine country, go to the beach with my husband and our puppy and check out the social scene in San Francisco with my girlfriends. Guess what? That is such a small part of my reality, it’s about as inauthentic as it gets. My authentic life is long work days (and nights) taking care of some of the sickest children in Northern California. It’s trying not to get peed on at well child checks, navigating the dynamics of challenging and stressed out families and trying to find the time to go to the bathroom once during a 14 hour work day. Brunch is my exception, not my rule.
This whole “authentic life” business puts a bad taste in my mouth because it’s invalidating people that do the necessary jobs that allow others to do creative, beautiful things. The farmers, the factory workers, the clerks and the security guards. These hardworking people are just as authentic as people who dance in wheat fields at sunset wearing Free People and a flower crown in their hair.
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