This article is to help you answer, for yourself, critically thought provoking questions to help you live the most fullfilling life, through out your life in all of your stages and ventures.
To me, authentic decisions are going to change depending on where you are at on your journey of life because of what "lesson" you just learned or life turning situation BUT that's ok. As long as it's your healthy and authentic choice. Do a "check in" with yourself when deciding to do, think or act upon~ pretty much everything until you've exhausted a lot of other possibilities that may be too much of an influence on your choices.
Some questions you may benefit from asking yourself are "Does this feel good?" "if it doesn't feel good, am I concluding that based on my fear of change or that I'm overly concerned that other's may disapprove in a way that I might not allow myself to be validated with out their opinion?" "Is this a belief I had growing up or something I picked up along the way because I saw a purpose in it for my best good?" "Am I feeling confident, loving, and at peace with myself right now?" "Am I basing the decision on "That's just the way it is" mentality?" "Do I make my life around others comfort AND include mine or 'aim to please' consistently putting my comfort/satisfaction in life second or even third?" "Do I operate from the culture I was raised and therefore if I go against that, does that mean I am betraying them, my culture?"
You are under NO, I repeat NO! obligation to continue into adulthood; traditions, beliefs, religion, marriage rituals/arrangements, dress code, race code, perspectives, or any other kind of specific-to-the-region/country/family/friends, unless it truly resonates with in the depths of your being and even then still do "check-ins" just to be sure you are running from a place of raw organic authenticity.
I learned long ago that just because someone is your blood family member or someone you consider a close friend, doesn't mean that they always have your best interest at heart. If someone is rejecting you, being distant, rude etc. (and you validated it not just assuming) because of you not doing, saying, believing or acting the way they want you to, those people are not really there for your highest benefit or support. On top of not being supportive, if they are taking back their actions of kindness and affection based on those reasons based on their demands of you, that's CONTROLLING and not choices based in love but rather of fear. Love is free~ always. Even if they think they are in the right and it's for your best good, doesn't matter, it's your life~your choice.
Listen, the Universe/God/Source will make a way for you to be surrounded with people, places and events that will help you to shine your truest self according to what's best for you.
You may grow up in one country and get lead by Spirit to another, to have another life, with a spouse/partner, job, housing, attire, and other desires completely different than what you planned on in the beginning but if you allow it, could bring you the most bliss, fulfillment, abundance, joy and unconditional love.
One thing I did a while back was to take 'titles' out of my family's name, so no mom, dad, brother and put them in a place that I could see them as people, who they are, instead of what is to be "expected" from a Mom, Dad, Grandma, brother etc. That way there's less pressure to be a certain way or act according to~ because "I'm a daughter" or "You're my father~you're supposed to..."
I still say titles when introducing as to not confuse but all that comes with a "title" is not as prevalent. Something for you to try, I see it as a way to take more "conditions" out of love.
Being authentic can help you and others to manifest that much quicker that which you are interested in manifesting. You came to earth, in this lifetime, to be yourself~as much as possible~ at all times.
Song: This isn't a song but a Channel on YouTube you can check out different Ethnic or Country background. It's called Traditional Music Channel. Here you can find beautiful Persian, South American, Native American etc. music to expand your cultural awareness of others.
The song in my head right now is: 'You' by Ofra Haza