“The most important kind of freedom is to be who you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.” – Jim Morrison
Most of us grow up trying to hide our authentic self, afraid we won’t be accepted as who we truly are. We try to fit in – from our earliest age, be like everyone else, fearful of having unique opinions.
We spend years programming our minds to be a part of the pack, instinctively feeling that if we stray from the pack, the alpha wolf will attack.
Society teaches us that standing out uniquely will cause struggle and unneeded pain – all avoided by simply putting on a mask of conformity.
How dare you have an idea the majority thinks is crazy! You’re out of your mind for believing in an outcome that hasn’t yet been achieved.
“If it was a good idea, someone else would’ve thought of it.”
Whether spoken from a friend, family member, or your own inner critic, the above sentence is fear disguised as ‘realistic thinking.’
Your brain hates risk. It was designed to keep you safe from saber tooth tigers, trying to kill and eat you. Even though those tigers haven’t been around for many years, your brain continues to protect you from pain, desperately wanting you choose flight over fight.
Don’t fall for that trap. Never allow the mask of inauthenticity to become more important than living your truth.
Rip off your mask! Stand up, speak up, be YOU.
Find the courage needed to walk on your unique path. On the other side of your fear is the reason you were born.
Live your calling, your purpose, your truth. Live it authentically, being unapologetic and transparent within the process.