To all you lovely blog readers out there … I had some help with this month’s Blog Post. You know what I say it’s not just clothing it’s a lifestyle! .. With that being said it’s only right that my Darling Husband helped me out with this specific post. Now I’m going to be completely honest and transparent in this post lol like all post… so this was all his Idea lol but I must say he had my wheels spinning with the presentation of the discussion… so guess what I did … yep you guessed it I borrowed it lol ! We are a team so I didn’t steal the idea lol WE SHARE lol! Now that I got that disclosure out of the way lets jump right into it!
Are there any authentic people left? (Question of the moment) What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Authentic? Well the first thing that came to my mind when hearing the word authentic was rare … let me explain when something is authentic it’s not many like it. No matter what you are pairing the word with, wither its people, places or things if something is authentic I immediately think it’s something special, something that you can’t just find or get anywhere, something that was first or only one of, so yes there are still authentic people left. Well when my DH (darling husband for those of you who don’t know what DH means) heard authentic he immediately thought genuine. He interpreted more of an action then a “thing” like me. Let me explain… he stated when someone is authentic they are genuine, truly doing what it is that you believe in and your actions will reflect (Reflections you see that! ) your authentic or genuine nature.. So yes there are still authentic people left. Two different interpretations, same conclusion (although they aren’t too far off you get the drift). Now you all know I like definitions!!! .. So the word authentic actually carries a few definitions… (1) Of undisputed origin; genuine (DH hit the nail on the head with this one) (2) based on facts; accurate or reliable and (3) made or done in the traditional or original way, or in a way that faithfully resembles and original( I think I came darn close to this one).
So this conversation was a Segway into the difference of authentic and original. DH felt like yes there are authentic people but not original people because originality is taught in a sense. Most people’s belief systems were based off of what they were taught as a child. So your morals are based off of what someone instilled in you, so can it be original? But honestly that depends on the definition that your belief resonates with the most (AS FAR AS AUTHENTIC IS CONCERNED). He used the example for those of you who have been following reflections as to how the name “Reflections” came about. For those who are new and don’t know I’ll tell you … when I was younger my mother would tell me before I leave the house that I am a reflection of her and to act according, something I now tell our children. It’s a concept I genuinely believed but the mindset came from her so ….technically it’s not original but it’s Authentic. Another example he used was young children especially young African American children are taught to “don’t snitch “and ultimately see this as code but its authentic because that’s how they genuinely feel, but it’s not an original thought its learned behavior. But my DH is speaking in a sense of two different concepts because of the definition of authentic that he resonated with. Now when I think of original I think of people making something their own. Although an idea can generate from another the point of originality is to display your individuality within the idea that was given to you to make it your own. To use the idea of the name “Reflection” …yes the original idea came from my mother but I infused my individuality into the concept and made it a Brand. And the Brand is now an Original because it was not done prior to me. In order for something to be original you don’t have to change the concept or the belief within it, all it takes is one small change of something to make it new, original or even authentic. The fashion industry does this all the time. One company will put out a design and it’s the original design. Another company will put out that same design but have one less button and now the new design has become its own original copy of the first design, and now faithfully resembles the original but yet is still different. The music industry does this as well…Artist redo classic songs all the time use the same beat and change a few words or add a drum and low and behold you have a new song. Now, if you have been paying attention the last definition of authentic displays this same concept. It also includes the word original. I feel like they are one in the same but only because the third definition of authentic was the definition that resonated with me the most. It’s no right or wrong answer to any of these questions it’s all about perception. This world is forever changing and both authentic and original people are needed to improve the lives of others but there are some people who are one in the same the people who are genuine in their actions and decisions but also spark a little originality and individuality within their day to day lifestyles. Remember it’s not just clothing it’s a lifestyle. You can be both genuine and original or you can be all in one it all depends on you! Let us know what you think and what your thoughts and opinions are comment below !!! #Reflections
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~Warren B. & Bianca B.