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Funny thing, tonight I typed in 2021 and what returned were multiple images of people wearing masks. I couldn’t help think that masks are not new to 2021 or even 2020 for that matter.

Yes, in the US physical masks seem to be a new thing in the past year but in reality most of us have been wearing masks most of our lives. Masks hide who we are, what we are thinking (since you can’t decipher most emotions through masks), they stifle our speech and often times cause us not to breath. It’s interesting that in 2020 and 2021 we are bothered by masks because they are hiding who I am (my pink lips), the lower half of my face, or incumbering my ability to breath — yet our inauthenticity — the real masks have been doing that for years.

While we think mask wearing is new — many of us have worn some type of mask for years so much so that we may not even know our fully authentic selves. This year, one of my goals is to try to uncover, re-excavate my authentic self. When I was 27, I read a great book, Excavating the Authentic Self by Sara Ban Breathnach – I think I may pick it up again. How can we live our most beautiful lives if we have lost sight of our beautiful authentic selves. Let’s together stop hiding who we are, what we need, what we like and the joys that are oxygen to our souls.

Last year, everyone was online sharing people’s posts, pics, etc. with the hashtag #Goals. Really, they were saying that their goals was what other people had. Let’s determine our goals based upon our authentic selves. Let’s live out our own goals, with our own truths and live out our own authentic lives.

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