Halloween has me thinking tonight. How often in our lives do we hide behind a mask? There are so many ways to hide – we hide in anger, we hide in fear, we hide in many emotions we don’t even understand. Some of you hide behind makeup, facial hair, bad habits like smoking, drugs or alcohol. Each of us hides in something when we feel we are at a weak moment in our life. The truth is – why wouldn’t we hide when life gets a little out of control?
I hid for a long time behind “being perfect”. I had the “perfect” life – the house, the vehicle, the money, even the kids but what I was missing while I hid in being perfect was love, kindness, and most of all myself.
It’s hard to even realize you’ve lost yourself when you don’t even know who you are searching for. You think you are being you in every sense until you learn otherwise. We don’t know what we don’t know – right?
There is no set of rules for finding who you are but for me I really needed to figure out what made me tick. What made me smile, what made me cry, what made me laugh and what hurt me in life. I think it’s a forever moving target, nothing in life is static but being conscious of how you are feeling, your reactions to situations and how you are treating others is usually an indication of how close or far you are from the true you.
So on Halloween night – I’m happy to realize that I’m not longer hiding behind the ‘mask’.
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No nothing in life is static! So true. Vulnerability is showing up without the mask which is what you are doing for sure! I read in Daring Greatly that we can sense those who wear masks as when we try to connect, all just hits a wall. All we can do is not wear ours and love to hopefully help dissolve the masks (including loving ourselves too). Nice writing!
So true about sense it. I typically can ‘feel’ when a connection is genuine. Thank you again for your support Lynn. 🙂