Character is what you crave because authenticity is what you lack. Character can only be developed through the slow grind of real life; being put to the test and succeeding or failing on one’s own merits.
It is not to be found in sterile confines of a safe shoebox life.
It is bodily fluids on concrete.
It is realizing there is nothing to be done and yet trying something anyway.
It is failing spectacularly.
It is staring death in the teeth and surrendering to its will; then leaving that moment alive, realizing you have been spared until another day.
The artificial patina of photo filters overlaid upon your phone’s window to the world does not cut it. Nor do you tattoos. This is all product.
You know it.
Get the fuck on with it already.