We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed, and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time. When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.
I first saw this quote on Courtney Adamo’s Instagram feed (her feed is stunning and so inspiring, one of my favs) and I can’t get it out of my head, so thought I’d share it with you. The quote is from the book “The Book of Awakening,” and I think it’s going on my long list of books to read next.
In our world of social media, perceptions, and public personas, I found this the most refreshing and challenging reminder to be more present and less quick to put up the walls and masks. To live more authentically and think about my response, post, picture, etc. before putting it out there. Am I layering, filtering, protecting myself too much? And for what? I crave the security and freedom that comes with living honestly and unafraid and deeply admire/envy the ones who pull it off.