Life is a journey, and you meet many people along the way. Once in a while, you will meet a genuine person whose warmth and goodness comes from deep within their soul.

They don’t put on an act to meet society standards, but are free and uninhibited in their desire to connect with you.

Being like them is never easy.

To become one of them, change everything about you and open your eyes to a new way of thinking and doing things.

You might even have to drop some people from your life, or even find a new job.

That’s all part of being authentic. 

The next time you meet an authentic person, you will notice these things:

1. They Can Go Down The Road Less Traveled

For most people, taking the road less traveled is just talk. But for authentic people, it’s a reality. They are comfortable going where they want, regardless of the path leading them there. 

2. It Never Gets Personal

If you think an authentic person can carry a grudge over something you did to them, think again. They are affected by other people’s words and actions obviously, but they place more value on what they can do for themselves.

3. They Are Honest And Firm In Their Opinions, But Never Angry

Whether you agree with an authentic person or not, it does not matter. They care more about being honest and standing their ground.

4. They Wish No One Any Ill

Authentic people want people to be the best they can be, including people they might not particularly like. They want other people to get the same satisfaction they want for themselves out of what they do in their lives.

5. They Are Picky With Friends

To become an authentic person’s friend, you need to have a deep connection with them. As a friend to this person, you will be free to give them constructive criticism and whatever else a good friend can offer.

6. They Choose Enjoyment

You will never dissuade an authentic person from following their chosen career path. They follow their hearts, not other people’s persuasion.

7. They See The Soul, Not The Person

To an authentic person, your personal appearance does not matter as much as who you are on the inside. They want the real you, which is why they look at the soul, not the person.

8. They Love Themselves Before They Love Others

Authentic people know who they are and accept it. They have no intention of being someone else. They love who they are, regardless of how the world might see them.

9. They Do What Pleases Them

An authentic person can seem to back a social cause 100 percent, but only because they are happy doing it. They don’t do things to fulfill some societal or religious obligation.

10. They Follow Their Hearts

An authentic people will always go by what is in their hearts, and no amount of threats from anyone can convince them otherwise.

It’s refreshing being around an authentic person. Count yourself very lucky if you have such a friend in your life, it’s rare.