Authenticity

by Tom Swift

You never get there. Nobody does. You become more of yourself as time passes by. … In the arc of your life, there are so many places where you reach milestones that add to your authenticity and your presentation of who you really are. But I find myself still struggling just for obvious things that I should’ve had under my belt a long time ago. You know, when I get in those places where I’m not doing so well, I lose track of who I am. … The only thing in life that’s sure is: If you think you’ve got it, you don’t have it!

-Bruce Springsteen, as told to Michael Hainey, “Beneath the Surface of Bruce Springsteen,” Esquire, November 27, 2018