BOLD AND RIGOROUS SELF EXAMINATION…
“Who am I with Myself?”
Are you the same person alone as you are in public?
Or do you change?
Do you put on a happy face?
Or a mask of invulnerability? Of strength?
Or maybe of “don’t worry about me, I got it. I can handle it.”?
Do you allow cultural ideals of being a “real man” to shut down your ability to feel emotions without diminishing them as “girly”?
I’m talking to you, Texas.
It’s easy to “behave the right way, the acceptable social way – it’s easy to act out being a “should’” – when you have a thousand eyes on you.
It’s easy to put on a show of hardness.