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The TRUTH Model: What Does It Stand For?

It is easy to get lost in this noisy and busy world, and not to make time to reflect on things that really matter to us. This TRUTH model consists of five pillars that support of having an authentic life. By understanding each pillar of the T.R.U.T.H. model, you will have a much simplistic view of the world.

“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

Bob Marley

(T)ravel to discover the world and cherish the gifts of life that makes you come alive.

(R)emember, your closest ally and your own worst critic is you.

(U)ncover your passions, hobbies, and interests.

(T)ake all the time you need to look after yourself.

(H)elp others discover their own definition of TRUTH.

Chasing after the life you want should not be advice everyone should give to each other, to begin with; it should be everyone’s vision. Unfortunately, in a world that seems to prioritise business and crowd psychology, we allow the noise of other people’s opinions to drown out our inner voice. Every aspect of our occupied lives is constantly influencing us; our teachers, work, loved ones, religion, and even our community expect us to act, rationalise, and feel in certain manners. Every once in a while, such burden chips off a small piece of our identity and threaten to derail us from the track we are on. Fortunately, we can cancel out the noise and rid ourselves of these pressures. By not sugar-coating anything in life and always following your heart, you will satisfy the definition of each of the T.R.U.T.H elements and thus, live an authentic life.

(T)ravel to discover the world and cherish the gifts of life that makes you come alive.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

Saint Augustine

Travelling is not just something you do to clear your annual leaves. Strive to make travelling your lifestyle, if you have the money to do so. Travelling will undoubtedly expose you to the world we inhabit. By travelling around the globe, you will recognise and learn to appreciate other cultures. Understanding another nation’s culture, demographics, and social behaviours can show you a thing or two about how others go about with their lives. Moreover, you may bring home with you small habits that you learned from other cultures.

Travelling also reminds you that the universe does not orientate around you. Being grounded by day-to-day activities involving work, school, relationships, and hobbies can make it easy to feel like you are part of a social experiment. As a result, we do not usually allow ourselves to do something different, something that challenges us to pop our comfort bubble. Travelling, however, challenges you to explore unchartered grounds. Stepping away from your comfort zone emboldens adaptation and educates you to be bold in making decisions. As you make more decisions, you will find what invigorates you and what wears you out.

(R)emember, your closest ally and your own worst critic is you.

“Your harshest critic is always going to be yourself. Don’t ignore that critic but don’t give it more attention than it deserves.”

Michael Ian Black

The most important relationship you have is the one with you. You are responsible for your inner voice. Instead of lugging negative mental monologue, which can take a toll on your physical, psychological and spiritual health, upload positivity and optimism to your mind. Being an optimistic person involves keeping a positive attitude and interacting with upbeat people. Rather than highlighting the worst parts of your day, put on your positivity cap. For example, when you are on your way to work, instead of dreading long working hours and the seemingly limitless amount of paperwork you have to process, try being grateful for your chance to have employment because there are so many people out there who want to have your job. Obviously, you can use this mechanism and apply it to other aspects of your life.

While negativity can make you turn against yourself, positivity encourages you to become your own closest ally. Mastering the ability to filter out mental noises and only letting good vibes into your life is a great way to nurture your mind and maintain good psychological health. When your mind is at peace, you can live life to the absolute fullest.

(U)ncover your passions, hobbies, and interests.

To live life authentically, you must figure out and be devoted to your passions, hobbies, and interests. All too often, people unearth their passions and let go of them for fear of humiliation and failure. Plus, numerous individuals sacrifice their hobbies and interests for more “urgent” matters, such as career and education. Please do not take this road.

Once you identified the things that make you come alive, cherish them with all your heart. Whether it is writing, running, baking, or any other pastimes, hold on to the activities that bring you nothing but endless joy. If you do not have any hobbies that put a smile on your face, go on a quest to find your passions. Authentic living involves pursuing passions that make you feel empowered.

(T)ake all the time you need to look after yourself.

“When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.”

Solange Knowles

Life can sometimes be tiring. When you have to work for excruciatingly long hours, spend time with your significant other, and entertain your pet at home, it does not take much to forget the significance of making time for yourself. Whether this means caring for your body and mind by exercising or journaling, or simply taking a breather from the demands of life, do not underestimate the importance of taking the time to care for yourself. Another essential characteristic of living authentically is knowing when to take a moment to rest and recharge. You cannot expect yourself to perform at your best if you are mentally burned out. Undoubtedly, your twenties are perhaps the most important decade of your life, but that does not mean you have to do everything in a rush. Give yourself some tender loving care by engaging the brakes from time to time.

(H)elp others discover their own definition of TRUTH.

Once you have fulfilled the pillars of TRUTH for yourself, it is time to extend a helping hand to others. Think of support as an infectious disease; it is a kind gesture that reflects you as a warm-hearted person and leaves lasting effects on others. Encourage your friends to chase after their dreams. Thank your parents for the number of sacrifices they have made for you. Congratulate your colleagues when they did an exemplary job. Always be supportive of others because it makes you feel good and makes other people smile.


Final 2¢: Be TRUTH-ful

Once you have met each facet of the T.R.U.T.H. acronym, you will have a completely different view of the world. Living an authentic life consists of exploring as many parts of the world as you can, keeping a positive attitude, holding on to your passions firmly, looking after yourself, and choosing to help others in their attempts to unlock the truth to their own lives. If you have read this far, it is worth noting that this is not a piece of advice; it is a way of life. Be truthful. Be your best self.

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