Halloween can be a great time to pretend to be something different and wear a mask. This can be a lot of fun. Hopefully the rest of the year, you are not wearing a “mask” but can feel comfortable with yourself. For many years, as I struggled with not understanding my own introversion, I wore a mask at different times for different people.
I am much happier now, and far more successful than I’ve ever been, simply by being true to myself and my strengths.
Sometimes, this was intentional by purposefully acting like something I thought I needed to be. Other times, my mask was unintentional; I was just not realizing that people didn’t see the real me, and that I was misunderstood. In the last few years, as I’ve learned to understand my introversion and embrace who I am, I can use my strengths to be my true self. I am much happier now, and far more successful than I’ve ever been, simply by being true to myself and my strengths. I’m also learning to better express myself so others understand what’s going on inside me. I don’t leave them guessing now… at least not as much. Being more open about who I am inside is working out far better.
Stop wearing the mask of what you think you think others want you to be. Have fun on Halloween with your costume, but the rest of the year, be yourself. That’s who you are really supposed to be. Be strong!