Have you ever noticed people don’t seem to know what to say when they’re around you, like they’re uncomfortable, not comfortable being themselves?
It may seem like they don’t like you, but that’s not it: They just don’t know how to handle you.
Because you are so authentically yourself, people don’t know how to handle you, how to interact with you, how to be themselves around you (because they aren’t fully comfortable being themselves).
Really, though? They’re jealous.
Because they want to be able to be authentic like you, but they don’t know how.
And why wouldn’t they? Being yourself is the most rewarding way to live.
So when people are acting strangely around you because they want to be authentic like you, this is why:
1) You don’t live your life in fear
Everyone has fears. You don’t give in to those fears like other people, though, and as a result, you live life to the fullest—in a way that makes other people jealous.
You know, though, that fear is simply another opportunity to learn and grow, and that the best growth comes from when you escape your comfort zone.
You know that fear isn’t a reason to stop, but rather a reason to grow and become a bigger, better version of yourself.
2) You just want to listen and learn
As part of living your life to the fullest, you want to listen and learn from the world around you.
When you have conversations with others, you really listen. You hear them for who they are.
3) You guard against fake people
Because you know exactly who you are, you also know who you can trust and who you can let into your life.
You don’t let other people tell you who are, what you can do, or what you should do: You do you.
And as a result, you don’t let fake or phony people into your life, and definitely not into your trusted circle.
Instead, you surround yourself with people who make you better.
4) And you’re not afraid to let them know it
There’s no point in putting up with people who pride themselves on their falseness. So when people make judgments, or say stupid things, or posture, you’re not afraid to say something about it.
You think for yourself, and don’t see any reason they can’t do the same.
5) You don’t need their attention
You don’t need them to like you: That’s superficial, meaningless, and not what’s important.
Instead, you’d rather do the things that are important to you, that give value to your life and to the world around you.
That’s what’s important—not having others’ attention.
6) You see insecurity as an opportunity
You see your shortcomings. You know everyone else has them, too.
The difference? You’re not afraid of your shortcomings. Instead, you take advantage of them, seeing them as opportunities to learn and evolve.
You know that everybody is insecure. But you also know that not everyone has to stop this insecurity from letting them live their life and own the things they’re insecure about.
Sure, your depth and authenticity can be difficult to be around for some people, but that’s only because they can’t put you into a stereotypical box.
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.