Are you masking?
In other words, are you in your authenticity my friend?
Authenticity means: you’re showing up as your true self. You’re not afraid of being yourself. Nor are you hiding certain parts of yourself.
One area where this comes up in particular is in our relationships.
What Is Masking?
Masking is when we show up with a false persona.
Often we end up masking (“wearing a mask”) especially in our relationships: pretending to be happier, perkier, something-ier.
However, masking is simply people-pleasing. We’re trying to be who someone thinks they want us to be because we think we’ll be rejected if we show our true selves.
In the short term, this masking strategy seems to work. After all, aren’t we getting the friendship or romance that we want?
But over the long term, wearing a mask becomes harder and harder to uphold.
And eventually it falls off.
This can be horrible for both parties. For you, it might feel terrifying to be seen as who you really are.
For the other person, they might feel like they’ve been tricked. Or that they got into a relationship with the “wrong” person.
In other words, wearing a mask and being inauthentic too much can become damaging over time.
Authenticity is necessary for us for a real connection with those in our lives. I also explain how the concept of the masking can actually be used as a tool for self-growth and manifestation.
I hope this post inspires you today!
Thank you so much for watching!