But wouldn’t it be nice if you could be yourself without the mask?
Take off yours and what would be your truth? Perhaps you would discuss your political or religious beliefs more openly. Maybe you would share about mental or physical ailments without fear or shame or embarrassment.
In the last week or so, I’ve been grateful to read so many wonderful posts by brave women.
- Becky seemed to be in my head when she wrote: Write Hard.
- Alycia not only wrote Dear Kitty but also put out her new book: Deciding To Dance.
- Fadra shared the relate-able The Self-Loathing Is Strong With This One.
- Chayla found her footing in Getting Your Sunburst.
- Jenny’s issues are so like mine that my heart hurt as I read Sometimes Prisons Can Be Beautiful.
- Robin shared Time Will Tell.
- But the one that haunts me is Beauty Can’t Be Stolen from Sara.
The one thing all of these women have in common is that they have removed their masks and opened their hearts and souls to the world. They pushed past their limits, tapped into their courage and they share from their depths. They find release as well as becoming a support system to everyone who reads and sees themselves in those words.
Me? I worry. I worry about what family members, old friends and my children might think. I spend time trying to come up with every possible negative scenario. I start and stop posts over and again… digging deeper for my truth and working on the courage to take off my own mask.
The topics I want to tackle like childhood peer sexual abuse, dating violence, date rape, severe depression and anxiety, how emotional issues affect parenting and a slew of others all seem too taboo. I have barely touched the surface of the subjects that scare me. And if there is something that terrifies me, that is my signal to write about it.
So this is my reminder. Not my first one and I am pretty sure it will not be my last one. This is a gentle nudge to push myself out of my comfort zone. Writing is an excellent therapy tool. And I also keep my gratitude to those women like the ones above who set the bar for sharing truth so that I know to keep reaching.
xoxo ~ Melissa