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We all wear mask on a daily basis, whether its smiling when you go into work, even though you want to yawn and go to bed, nodding your head when you actually have no idea what’s going on or even laughing when you know you should be laughing, but really, you’re thinking about what to have for dinner and you didn’t really hear what was even said.
Without masks, leaving the house sometimes wouldn’t be possible, and even more so for those who battle with mental illness. You can hide worry, fear, sadness, guilt, anxiety and anything that people want to hide behind a mask that makes our lives that slight bit easier. We hide from others but just as often we hide from ourselves, facing how you really feel can be terrifying and painful so you paint on a smile and tell everyone you’re ok, even though inside you’re crying.
We want to protect our friends and family and the outside world from the pain and distress of seeing us struggle as much as we protect ourselves. As a result, you sometimes hide your real feeling so much that it’s hard to uncover how you actually feel, like hiding your true self for so long that you wouldn’t even recognise yourself when you take the mask off.
Sometimes we wear a mask as we don’t accept ourselves for who we are and so we create someone we can accept. This could be consciously or subconsciously, but this often this feels like we are surviving rather than living, just getting through the day. We may be scared that people will find out the true us and not like us anymore, we could be holding onto the mask so strongly that we don’t know who we are and where to start with taking the mask off.
But as Oscar Wilde famously said, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Wearing a mask can be exhausting, sometimes we just want to be honest with who we are and what we think and that’s perfectly ok, whatever version of you, however you feel, if it’s you then its more than enough!