Regarding what it means to be "real", I found this wonderful quote by Seth Godin:
My problem with the search for the badge of real is that it trades your goals and your happiness for someone else's.
"Real" is nothing but what you feel is right. Anything other than that is pure fiction.
PS: This is the second post for "We all love quotes", where I choose a quote I like, refer to where I found it and drop a line about my thoughts on the matter. Hope you like it!