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How to Be Yourself When You’ve Worn a Mask for Too Long


“Being someone we are not is nearly a guarantee for unhappiness,” according to Christine Selby, Ph.D, a psychologist in Bangor, Maine. And these words couldn’t be more accurate. After all, happiness happens when we create a life based on our values, a life that is meaningful, that includes activities that fulfill us, surrounded by people who truly understand us.

Which are all things that we don’t exactly do when we wear a mask. Or two. Or three.

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  • August 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Early in my life I learned to “make nice”. Never confront or “make a fuss”. I have discovered the best way to show your “real authentic self, is to live alone,and have a dog/s for company. I grew up as the eldest of 6 siblings. Dessent and arguments were a way of life. As for having privacy, there was no shuch thing. I left home at 18 and went to another city and got a job and lived in one room w/ an elderly woman who couldn’t climb the stairs. I was the only renter, and it was quiet when I was there. I could read and sleep in quiet. No one pawed thru my personal possessions, or criticized my clothes. All 6 of us siblings had slept in the same room with 3 sets of bunk beds. Here I had a double bed all to myself! I have been called anti social and aloof, but I am really a loner who enjoys her own company,and I am a party of one. I don’t apologize for that. . This is bad to say, but when I dated , I preferred married men, because they always had to get up and go “home” eventually. Sometimes in a rush”. I never wanted anyone to “spend the night”. My pleasure of having the bed all to myself has never gotten dull and taken for granted. I have inner resourses I have not used yet. I can truthfully say I have yet to be bored with my solitary lifestyle..I prefer the midnight shift , Clients/patients are asleep and only a few supervisors.. I enjoy walking with my dogs in the woods and soaking up the phytoncides exuding from the pine trees. Life is good! thanks for listening.

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