Today's article is all about the different masks that we wear in life. You see, we always wear different masks. We're different people, different characters in every aspect of our life. The person we are at, potentially, our work is very different to the person we are in a romantic relationship. We're different to the person we are with our friends, very different from the person we are perhaps with our family, perhaps with our children, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's not that any of them are fake but we wear different masks, it's part of life.
It becomes problematic when the masks we wear, we get habitually locked into those masks and that becomes a part of our identity. Some people that come to see me, seek my help, wear the mask of a victim, a victim that a bunch of things are happening to them in their life and they have absolutely no control because they're gonna keep being victimized by some mythical monster or negative emotion like fear, anxiety, loneliness, some kind of addiction but they've been victimized over and over and over again. The problem is not the mask, the problem is not the pain, the problem is when they keep that pain on them, they keep that mask on them and they make that part of their identity and they become a victim in their life and they stay a victim and they don't change that mask. Where are you in your life? What areas are you in your life where you're habitually the victim and you don't change the mask?
Perhaps you wear another mask inside yourself and maybe that's the mask of fear, the mask of fear. "Oh my God, what happens if I do this? What happens if I do that? What happens if I don't get this? What happens if I don't get that raise, that woman, that guy, that house, that winning lottery ticket? What happens if I don't win? What happens if I don't succeed in my life? Where in your life do you wear that mask, get fear, that holds you back? You know, we all feel fear but where do you habitually wear that mask that keeps you locked down? See, it's hard for you to turn from side to side because you habitually wear that mask and you make that mask about your identity, and you make that mask about you. Where in your life do you do that? Where in your life do you need to take off that mask and change that mask?
Where inside your life right now do you need a mask of perhaps a superhero, a mask that perhaps say luchador? A mask of somebody that can get you out of these situations, that can be a luchador, that can be like Rey Mysterio, that could be a superhero and it can pull you out of these things, give you that oomph, that extra little bit of fire inside you know that you can get for anything when you put on that mask of a superhero, that mask of being the hero in your own life? Where do you need to wear this mask or your hero mask inside your life so you can get through something, get to the next level, save yourself, be your own hero, vanquish those masks of victimization, vanquish those masks of fear and have that mask of being the hero in your life? Where do you need to have don this mask, your mask of being a hero in your life?
An interesting thing is this. When you become that hero in your own life, you don't...no longer even need the mask, because that one can become a part of your identity, a part of who you are inside in your heart, in your gut, in your mind. You don't need to put the mask on anymore when you realize you are the hero of your own story, the writer, the author of your own narrative, the vanquisher of all evil or sadness or victimization. You are the hero.
Luke Michael Howard CHT