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Are we really what we think ourselves to be?

Let me ask you this question. Are we all really what we think ourselves to be?

So many friendships, so many relationships ended because one person thought that the other person is fake.

Fake. We all hate fakeness. We all hate hate fake people. But, is anyone really real? Are we real? Are we all authentic?

Aren’t we all fake?
We all have a mask that we wear. And we wear it every single day.

Well, if it isn’t clear what does wearing a mask means. Then let me put it this way:
Ever been in a relationship and said you were single to all you close one’s? Well, my friend that’s wearing a mask. Ever loved green vegetables more than junk food and denied it? Well, my friend it’s wearing a mask. Ever wanted to help a person who was being bullied by everyone but you can’t instead you became a part of that bully gang. Then my dear friend it’s again wearing a mask.

Ever enjoyed doing something very much but can’t enjoy in front of others. Then that’s wearing a mask.

Well, I hope that now you got the idea of what wearing a mask means.
Well, we think that the mask we are wearing is in front of others. But the harsh truth is that we are what we impersonate.

Are we really what we think ourselves to be?

Everyone of us have heard “Be Yourself”. But what does being yourself means? Do we really try to be ourselves or do we try to be the person that the society thinks is authentic.

I think we try to be a person according to the standards set by the society. Very few of us really know who we really are.

The irony here is that we are our true selves when we wear a mask. Ok, ok let me help you understanding this. Just think that you are with a full crowd of people, then you will behave a particular way. But if everyone is wearing a mask and you are free to do whatever you want then you will be you true selves.

Well, now again let me ask you Are we really what we think ourselves to be?

Well, sometimes it may be important to wear a mask in the same way as sometimes it’s important to tell someone a lie to protect them from the truth. But let’s stop wearing our masks for so long that even we forget who we really are.

Thank you for visiting Interesting Reads. Do tell me your thoughts in the comments below. I would love to read them.


Graham Crosby
27th May 2020 at 10:03 pm

Thought provoking and one that I really enjoyed. I think the whole ‘just be yourself’ idea is a lot more difficult than people imagine.

    27th May 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you. Happy to know that you enjoyed reading it. Yes, being ourselves is really very difficult. And it’s more difficult when we don’t know who we really are.

28th May 2020 at 12:12 pm

This is such a well thought out post! I read your article and realized how right you are..we are always behaving how society expects us to be… We behave one way in public and we behave another way when we’re by ourselves. If we weren’t brought up a certain way, taught to behave a certain way, would we actually grow up to be that version of ourselves?
Who we are, has little to do with our personalities and more to do with how we want others to see us…In that case yes, we are wearing a mask…The best example would be when we are sad yet we don’t express it when we go among people. We put on a mask of “everything is normal and life is all good”, where in reality our hearts are breaking and our worlds are crumbling. There are many days when this part makes me really sad..this world is indeed a strange alternate reality kind of place, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

28th May 2020 at 5:56 pm

Lovely Post! Society seems to have forgotten the beauty and power of authenticity. We need to start focusing on how we see ourselves and not how the world sees us

29th May 2020 at 11:50 pm

I have had the same thought. Great read.

30th May 2020 at 4:16 am

Hnmmmm, this post is food for thought but the thing is, the whole world is so judgmental and blame you for feeling or behaving certain way when asked to be yourself. Be yourself simply means be what everyone wants you to be to avoid facing their wrath. Itโ€™s truly difficult not to wear a mask. But curiosity, exploration and authenticity is a way to break free

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