After spending some quality time with one of my very special friends, one that I share many of the same values, qualities, and ideas as I was genuinely inspired to write this.
We often talk about many of the books we read and things that we learn. After her teaching me how to do the "5 Tibetian Rites" (which I highly recommend that you should try) and having a cup of black organic coffee, she was telling me about something that she read where the author was saying that her biggest fear was walking into a room that everyone she ever knew was in because she wouldn't know how to act.
At first, I was puzzled by this, and then it hit me. This fear simply revealed that she was seen differently by everyone that she knew, and acted differently toward all the people in her life that she knew. Almost like she put on a different mask on around for each person.
Thinking about someone having that fear was puzzling to me because I couldn't imagine being afraid for everyone I knew to be in the same room because I show the same face to everyone. However, that does not mean everyone is that comfortable with themselves.
If you are reading this and thinking that you would be afraid, here is a challenge that I have for you.
I challenge you to stop thinking you have to act, talk or look a "certain" way around the different people in your life, and to just be yourself. There is no need to put on a mask for each person you meet. Show the same face to everyone. Embrace the beautiful and strong being that you are and be unapologetically yourself. If someone you cross paths with doesn't like you for you, it is not your job to make someone like you or to change the way YOU are to someone else's liking. We are special and unique individuals. Let everyone in your life get to know the real and true you.
It is far more beneficial to your own well being to put the effort into being the truest version of yourself, that putting the effort into masking your own identity to please others. Don't be afraid to be the unapologetic, raw, true and beautiful YOU.
Easier said than done, I know. But you owe it to yourself to at least try to start showing the same face to everyone.