LIFE WOULD BE HORRIBLY BORING IF WE WERE ALL THE SAME. DON’T STRESS YOURSELF–JUST BE WHO YOU ARE.

Aware of the public’s increased demand for authenticity, advertisers today are placing a fresh emphasis on the “real thing.” They sell drinks that have “no artificial sweeteners,” bread that contains “no preservatives” and fabrics that are “100 percent cotton.” (I have yet to figure out why 100 percent cotton is such a big deal. My iron and I have huge fights with it at least once a week!)

We all have a basic craving for the real rather than the phony. Yet more often than not we maintain a veneer of acceptability in our daily lives that belies who we really are.