Now is the part I wish I could tell you how to do it. How to walk up to a loved one, take off a mask, or a layer and say.. "So, this is me... this is who I really am. Take it or leave it." But, I myself am scared of that person leaving it. So, I too continue to wear a mask certain places.. Out of fear. The most binding of emotions... fear.
This weekend has been a whole lot of taking masks down and getting to know the real person behind the mask. I recently showed myself to someone I haven't shown myself to in a long long while. I went into her home, with my hands up in question, and let my guard down.. in hopes she would still love me the next day. I think she still does, and I felt a small piece of the shackle break. We were able to talk in rawness, about being true to ourselves, and releasing our fears.
It's a long process. It won't happen over night, but piece by piece those shackles can be broken. We can slowly show our true selves to the ones we care about and no longer be afraid. We can surround ourselves with those who love us for us.
And we can truly grow up and become who we really are without being fearful of rejection. That is true freedom.