Okay I have a confession. I have a habit of researching random things and looking up random thoughts that come in my head. With that said, I was looking up random things about life today and came across this question:
What would you stand for if you knew that no one would judge you?
This got me thinking about the masks that we wear. Do we lie to ourselves to create those masks? Are we lying about who we are to the point that we think it is true? Is this what makes us narcissistic?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty regarding this too. Our culture is centered around being the best, putting our best foot forward, and making ourselves seem better than we are. Would you be the same person if no one was watching/judging as you are today? It seems so easy to put on a mask and hide your pain, imperfections, and everything you judge yourself for.
I think we often judge ourselves and critique ourselves so much that we cause anxiety and low self-esteem. Now don’t get me wrong, some people genuinely have anxiety and depression from trauma or biology. I do think some anxiety and depression comes from judging ourselves so hard. If you’re reading this, I want to challenge you to take off the mask.
Take some time to figure out who you want to be, what you believe, and what you stand for. Don’t let something that a person says discourage you, but stand firm in what you believe. Once you decide who you want to be and take it for yourself, nothing can stop you. “Oh, the places you’ll go!” as said by Dr. Seuss. Take charge and control of yourself and you’ll amaze people at who you are!