Self-Care Tip #110 – Find your masquerade and let it teach you how to be open.
We often talk about taking masks off. About being open and “face” our lives with courage. However doing that isn’t always as easy as saying it. Sometimes doing the opposite makes it easier in preparation for when we have courage to try again. Sometimes putting the mask on makes it easier to more completely know and be known.
On Twitter today, this came from bigfishtopdogs Theresa BradleyBanta:
Here’s my #FF. These people rock! They engage!
Getting that fresh compliment almost stung when I realized how I preened underneath it. Here in the real world, I don’t know who to show my feathers to. My reply to Theresa was
Wow. How come I can’t hear anyone say that in “real life?”. Twitter is like a smokey dark room where anything can happen.
Sometimes people think of hiding behind things as a way to do indiscrete lascivious acts that you wouldn’t want to do if you were identified.
I propose that a little hiding is a good thing for ourselves. To get up close and personal. To share over-the-top compliments and receive them. It doesn’t mean something bad unless we use it badly. I propose that when we disguise a little on occasion, we might remember how to act more freely when we are in the open – how to, when we try again.
Having the courage to try again and again to connect gets easier when we have fun reminders as to why we want it so bad.
Question: What have your positive experiences been when you were a little less inhibited? If fantasies could come true, how would you like it to carry over into your “real” life? Please tell me your story.