Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
I decided today that I do not need a mask.
I was about to post a piece yesterday about me feeling down. And then I stopped. My finger hovered above the publish button for a few seconds, before pressing ‘delete’. I then went on to working on the (actually very exciting) piece on Halloween.
However today I woke up rattled. The Magnificent Something is not about forcing yourself to find everything lovely; it is about recognising that even though life is not always perfect, the things that make it wonderful are still there, just a bit hidden.
It is so much easier to put smile on, brace it out, and hope people like you. To wear a mask, fit in a persona, and sometimes lose who you are in it.
Being yourself is harder than people give it credit for. I quoted Oscar Wilde before, and I will again (just because I absolutely love him): ‘To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up’.
Do not be natural. Be yourself, whoever this is, because I can bet you are magnificent.