Excellent point 👏🏼👏🏼 I often struggle with this, too 💜
Sometimes I wish I could live more of my life as more of myself. Many of us feel the same.
“So, uh, live life like yourself then, duh,” some neurotypicals may say.
Yeah, if only.
Here’s why I can’t just rip off the mask and ‘be myself.’
1: Feelings can’t be switched off
“Hunter hurt my feelings with his comment, but I know he wasn’t trying to be insensitive, so I’ll try to be understanding and let that slide,” said no one, ever.
It’s not fair of me to expect everyone to “get me” and adjust their reactions appropriately. It’s also not license for me to be a jerk, either. I don’t want to be reviled and shunned any further, so my mask is one that helps me to talk less, listen more, and say even less so that I don’t come…
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