“We all wear masks, and COVID-19 requires that we all do but the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.
Masking is something we all do. We learn it at a young age. It’s the polite stuff…pretending we want to be where we are, hiding our uncertainty, fitting into our peer groups.
Sometimes it’s a coping mechanism when there’s a real and desperate need for it. Pretend everything is ok. Get on with it. Snap out of it.
We all know how to do these things too when the situation demands it.
Masking on a continuous basis is a strange feeling mostly because it isn’t really a feeling at all.
It becomes second nature and you forget that you’re doing it.
Putting masking aside is a scary business too. It means being able to own how you feel and trusting people enough to share it when you can and want to. It means taking risks and sometimes being the one to say something out loud and hope that maybe others will follow.
I’ve come to realize that maybe the best we can do is be true to ourselves in the moment. It’s much, much easier said than done but if we can aim to forget about how we come across and what’s expected of us and just say what our reality right now.
The beautiful thing is that being real encourages the same from others. It leads to those important “me too” moments and the revelations of realizing that we’re not the only ones.
Admitting our reality can be scary when it’s not an easy time.
But it also gives us permission to feel it.
I’m tired. I’m sad. I’m lonely. I’m ok. I’m feeling better. I’m lost. I’m relieved. Say them inwardly and outwardly.
Taking off the mask can be terrifying and painful. But it also allows you to breathe!!! I honestly get tired and bothered!
Finally, I want to thank my Bestie in Christ HERRY CHIC COUNSELS for nominating me for The Whosoever Tag.
Thank you for reading. God Bless!