It is because I live with anxiety that I have chosen not to hide behind a mask. As a child I wanted to talk about things. It is the only way I know to feel better about things. It lightens the load.
I’m probably not the norm. Generally, we may hide behind our imperfections, our emotions, because we’re not comfortable in our own skin, but for anyone hiding, it means they’re hiding from themselves. It also means they are less acceptable of who they are.
Outward appearances may define us, but hiding behind our emotions is who we really are. We may show others we’ve got our lives together, but outward appearances can be be deceptive, when we pretend things are fine.
But what others see with our outward appearance, isn’t what they know about us. To the outside world our lives look perfect, but outward appearances belie a different story to the one we know, to the one we hide from. We shouldn’t let the world define who we’re not. Instead, we should be truthful with ourselves.
Not being truthful with who we are, not only adds more stress to what may be an already challenging life, it also means we’re hiding issues that we’re choosing to ignore and that’s not good for our health.