We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

– Dunbar

Take a moment. Imagine a world where no one cared what car you drive, how much you earned, what designer watch you weared, or what job you do.

Can you sense freedom?

Sadly, this isn’t reality, because in reality we do care. And because we developed habitual masks to please and impress others.

Every day we pass by different people wearing their masks. There’s a good chance you are wearing one, too, which constantly changes without you even noticing it. Are you truly yourself? Do you feel that you can be truly yourself regardless of the social situation you’re in?

Why are we so afraid to be authentic? Yet, we judge others who are trying to be?

It’s hard to constantly act, or feel like you need to be someone else. It’s draining to regularly act like you feel one way when you really feel another.

Becoming authentic is a process of truly understanding and knowing ourselves. To understand our own personality traits, behaviours, beliefs, values, needs, and goals. It is having the courage to acknowledge our limitations, and embrace our own vulnerability.

Wearing a mask protects us form vulnerability. I fear that if I stand tall, I will look “weak” in some ways. But when you wear a mask, you are preventing yourself from embracing reality.

Sometimes we are involve in a negative circle which encourages us to wear our masks, because we are afraid of being judge. “Those who don’t mind matter, and those who mind don’t matter.” Release yourself from the negativity  you are involved in- the ones who constantly judge you in silence and speaks of it. You’ll be surprise of the sense of freedom you will feel once you walk away.

Don’t be afraid to truly be yourself. You don’t need the number of followers or likes on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to define you. You don’t need the expensive price tags to get your friends like you. You don’t need to pretend to be who you are not.

Embrace the life you are given. Make every moment count.

Here's a fun quick you could try :) http://www.playbuzz.com/larak10/a-who-is-your-mask-and-the-person-behind-it

Published by Stephanie Yiap