Masking Your True Identity
By Sara Jane
Worzel Gummidge is a character in a late 1970’s British children’s program, a walking, talking scarecrow who had 3 different heads for different occasions.
How many heads or masks do you have? Are they all authentically you?
And what is the difference between a head and a mask?
Think about it, really think about it; are you “different” depending on who you are with?
Do you feel there are aspects of yourself that you should keep hidden?
How open are you about what you think?
Do you agree to “keep the Peace” or do you express your own opinion?
I know I have very strong opinions about certain things, however I also accept that we are all entitled to our own opinions.
There was a time, for many years, when I was a Yes girl, I would agree even if I didn’t because I didn’t have the courage to speak up.
I wore a mask that covered a very unhappy person, someone who felt unworthy, not good enough, unlovable and very insecure; the truth was I didn’t know who I was.
I get it, I really do.
The day I lifted my mask and stepped into BEING ME, was the most amazing relief and feeling of Freedom.
I realised I hadn’t needed to hide, that there will always be people who don’t like you or get you, whatever you do or say and that is Okay.
The only person you cannot hide from is yourself, it doesn’t matter how many different masks you wear, it is still you beneath them.
Even if you could change your head, your beauty comes from your Heart, which is your connection to your Soul.
We all are who we are and there will always be people who love us and those that don’t.
So, shed your masks, show the world the beautiful and amazing Being that You are, it is what it is waiting for.
Let us revisit having different heads.
Think about your working life, your home life and how you are when you are out with friends.
These are all aspects of you and sometimes they overlap but a lot of the time we keep them separate.
In our work environment, we are business like, when we are out with friends we let our hair down and when we are with our family we are aware of our responsibilities.
This was really bought home to me some years ago, when a friend died.
There is a group of us that like to dance, go for walks, spend time together and yes let our hair down. During our get togethers we would take pictures and when Graham died we collected photos of him and turned them into 3 collages which we give to his 3 adult children.
They loved them, a wonderful memento of their Dad but their comment was, this was a side of their Dad they had never seen, an aspect of his life they had not been aware of.
Masks hide us from the world but having different “heads” is just about compartmentalizing our lives and being true to ourselves in all of our life.
Copyright © Sara Jane 2017