Lisa Gallagher in Bee Inspired!, Writers Assistant Administrator • Insight Technology LLC Nov 5, 2017 · 3 min read · 2.0K

Never Be Afraid To Be Your Authentic Self

So much is written about being your Authentic Self and I've always wondered just how many people are able to do this? Is it hard to write and be authentic at the same time?  I feel being authentic means delving into a deeper side of yourself and allowing others to get to know you on a deeper level as well.  I find it hard to write without sharing my personal stories. Stories allow others to really get to know us and some people aren't willing to take the risk. I was hesitant when it came to writing about my Anxiety and Panic disorder I suffer from. I worried that people would feel I was attention seeking (some did) but thankfully they were few. I gained a large following of people who also suffer, many who may not post openly on my buzzes (articles) but will send me a private message. I was surprised to find out just how many people suffer in silence because they are afraid of the stigma that can be attached to the term 'mental illness or disorder.' Forget the idea that the brain is highest functioning organ in our bodies, yet when it becomes ill, people are labeled instead of being embraced. At times, the idea of the stigma would deter me from writing but I decided the topic was very relevant and still needs a lot of attention because employers need to embrace their employees who suffer, just as they would embrace and have an understanding for the person who calls in sick or goes home early due to a migraine, the flu etc...

Never Be Afraid To Be Your Authentic Self

Remember one thing, you are NOT alone with the journey you are on and your path may take some unwanted twists and turns along the way. Feel free to wander from the path you are on, or just take a risk and continue down the same path- it may lead you in a direction you didn't expect. This is what happened to me!  

I have a new Doctor and I've been meeting with him for almost a year now. He's young, progressive, into research and understands that Anxiety and Panic disorder is an illness not a weakness. He's taken the time to get to know me on a very personal level, he was able to look beyond my illness and that's how it should be. There are many people I associate with who have no idea I suffer from Anxiety and Panic disorder- sometimes you get that 'sixth sense,' when it comes to who you may share it with or NOT.  I'm thankful to those who are able to see beyond my illness and realize I am not my illness. 

My Doctor gave me renewed faith in the fact that many realize we are not our illness
My doctor called me at home a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in serving on the Mental Health and Awareness Board of Directors for our County.  Of course, I had a lot of questions and he set up a meeting with the Director of the Organization that he thought I would serve well. The meeting went fantastic and as a matter of fact, I was even offered a possible job that will be available in December or January.  I was asked to send my resume along with a cover letter for both the Board of Directors and for employment. 

I had an interview with two Board members last week, one being the President of the Board and it went quite well. I also made sure that I added links to articles on I wrote about Anxiety/Panic disorder on beBee and Thrive Global to my resume. My Doctor had already read my articles and was very impressed with the articles along with my diverse experience. I was elated during my interview to hear, "We are really impressed with your resume, you have a great deal of experience and are quite qualified."  When a person has suffered for some time from on-going Anxiety and/or Panic disorder we tend to down play our background and yes, we even lose confidence. I was asked to be the Secretary for the Board of Directors and told I was approved. I agreed and asked if I could use my PC to take notes vs. hand written notes and that was A-OK!  I can type faster than I write, not to mention, I can't read my own hand writing anymore... yes, it's gotten that bad!  Aside from my writing, my resume played a large role too. Make sure to keep it updated as many suggest on numerous buzzes. 

Don't compare yourself to others when it comes to being authentic, that's what authenticity is all about, YOU!

Being asked to be on the Board of Directors for Mental Health and Awareness allowed me to realize I am not damaged and that I have a lot to offer. Being authentic has opened up new doors for me and I look forward to the new paths I'm going to take!  So, do yourself a favor and keep it real because you never know who is going to reach out to you because you either have something to offer thanks to being honest, or many truly can relate to you and find it easy to reach out because you were being authentic. 

Prakashan B.V Feb 3, 2019 · #54

@Lisa Gallagher: Congrats on getting into the Board of Di rectos....Glad to read about how you landed into that as well.

Randall Burns Nov 10, 2017 · #53

#52 HaHa! Thanks for that @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher I couldn't ask for anything more. :-)

Lisa Gallagher Nov 10, 2017 · #52

#51 Thanks @Randall Burns! I would put you in the category of being your authentic self! Authentic Chef w/big personality :)

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Randall Burns Nov 9, 2017 · #51

Great post! @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher

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Lisa Gallagher Nov 8, 2017 · #50

#48 Thank you @Debasish Majumder!

Lisa Gallagher Nov 8, 2017 · #49

#47 Thanks @Pascal Derrien :)

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Debasish Majumder Nov 7, 2017 · #48

lovely insight @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! enjoyed read and shared. thank you very much for the buzz madam.

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Pascal Derrien Nov 7, 2017 · #47

Good on you as we say around here :-)

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