It’s almost Halloween!
I love the sound of laughter and excited squeals from children as they transform into favorite characters, ghosts, goblins and witches in pursuit of the biggest haul of candy and treats!
I’ve always loved the idea of ‘dress up’ and to use my imagination to explore other personas. In disguise, we can let loose and pretend to be someone else for a little while. And when the fun and games are over, we take off our costume and return to being the real ‘us’. But, perhaps not always!
The Phantom of the Opera isn’t the only one hiding out!
I’ve observed that many of us are ‘in disguise’ much of our lives. Well beyond the social occasions to wear a mask and act like someone else, we often perform in relationships and careers like zombies or actors playing parts.
We’ve convinced ourselves that we are supposed to behave a certain way and stick to a career path that conforms to a societal script or the opinion of some influencer.
You may have been channeled by parents or teachers to be “something”.
The danger in suppressing our true desires and interests too long is that our identity becomes blurred in the shadows. Like the invisible man, the ‘real’ us not seen.
Have you felt like an impostor in your own life?
Do people around you not recognize who you truly are?
Are your innate strengths and heart-felt passions cloaked behind a role you play, a part that you’ve been assigned in life by circumstances or by obligation to others?
Is the real you hiding in plain sight?
Are you ready to strip away the mask and finally let the world know the authentic you?
The Phantom Lady