A to Z Challenge 2016 · freedom · Uncategorized

Y = you…


Have you allowed yourself to be Y2016ou?

I have, finally.
It isn’t always easy and I don’t always succeed.
For years I wore masks.
Masks of many kinds and for many reasons.
The main reason I wore masks was fear.
Plain and simple I was afraid to be me.
I was afraid I would be embarrassed, a disappointment, a failure,
not good enough, thought unimportant or worthless, the list was endless.

I was a great actress.
I was so good at playing the part of someone else
hiding who I was, that I began to believe the parts
I played were the real me.

Then I got tired.
So tired that living seemed too hard, a waste of time and energy.
But I wasn’t ready not to live.
I looked for help.
Surprising how easy it was to find what I needed.
I met a woman who was the perfect therapist for me.
True friends stayed close, those not real friends left.
I met a beautiful woman who helped me believe I wasn’t a mistake
but a person created with love for a purpose.

Now that I know Y2016ou being yourself
is who Y2016ou are meant to be
when I sometimes put on a mask
I find it most uncomfortable.

That’s my post for the letter

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13 thoughts on “Y = you…

  1. This was your very best post of all! It is true that we get so caught up wearing masks that we forget who we really are. I am so glad that God led you to just the right people to learn to love your true self! In the end we discover that we are ok after all, and the people who are worth spending time with will think so too! Most of all, I am grateful that you are happy and content with your life, what a blessing!

    1. Thanks, Josie! Interesting how when you acknowledge a problem it seems the right people just show up. That has happened to me more than once. God always has a plan and when we are ready–or not–He sets the parts and pieces in motion. Part of what makes me happy and content is the people who share my world, those in virtual land and those in cyberland. You are part of my world and I am thankful.

  2. What an awesome post! So many of us try to be perfect or be what we think others want. It IS exhausting. Better to relax and be true to yourself. 🙂

    1. Thanks! It is exhausting to try to be all things to all people and perfection is a goal that will not be gained until the journey’s end. Thanks for visiting, hope to see you next week to Celebrate the Small Things.

  3. What an excellent ‘ou’ post. I would say ‘oui’ in french to remain ‘you’. Have you seen the movie Mask? This reminds me of it and the retreat I attended to remain faithful to self for God made you in his image.

  4. I agree with McGuffy Ann. It’s great that you can be you and are happy to be you!

    For me, I think there are still a few masks left to be dealt with.

    Have a blessed day!

    1. I doubt all the masks will ever disappear some seem to be attached with super glue. We are works in progress. But for the most part, what you see (read) is what you get…I am who I am.

      1. I agree completely with your super glue and works in progress statement. Wouldn’t it be great to some day have all of the issues that have created the masks dealt with, done, and out the door?

        Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank You! It has taken years to get where I am and still some days I don’t like myself. But I have pretty much gotten rid of all the masks. 🙂

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