“To thine own self be true”

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man”-William Shakespeare.
So many use this quote but how many really abide by it?  We are not true to our families, our friends, society…..has it become hard for us to be true to ourselves.  I have been in some serious reflection about my purpose, my pain, my plan for happiness but I continue to hide behind a facade.  I am not saying that we have to air our dirty laundry for everyone to see but we must be true to ourselves about who we are as a person and how our roles define us.  What does it mean to be someone’s mate, someone’s parent, or someone’s sibling? We need to be true to ourselves about our wants, desires, and goals.

As I reflected on this subject, a poem  came to mind.  “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar. we-wear-the-mask-poem

How many of us wear a mask? Hiding from the rest of the world how we are feeling or what we are thinking?  I know that I do sometimes.  We would be  very vulnerable people if we shared all of our emotions. Right??? This is ok….but what is not ok is when we begin to believe the facade, when we begin to believe the lie that we are alright and everything is perfect.  This only makes the issue worst.  This is why we must be true to ourselves and remember the mask is only to be worn on the outside.

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