Oh, I have.
A long time ago I remember walking away from a group of new friends. I had let my guard down and said something “stupid”. I resolved never to let that happen again. For a while I wore a mask. It was a mask that kept me silent, that kept me guarded.
Looking back, what I said it wasn’t stupid at all. Maybe it reflected insecurity or a lack of confidence. . . but stupid, no.
I peeled off that mask years ago.
Maybe I take a risk by being real, but it’s a risk I think is worth it.
Listen, we all have quirks. We all are different. Sometimes people accept you, and sometimes they may not. This isn’t a free pass to say, “Hey, I’m a mess and you just have to deal with it”, but rather an invitation to be authentic with others. [Read more…]