KNOWING who you are is much more important than using mask to please people around you. I, myself also used mask to blend in, for acceptance, but I realized that I do not need to change who I am. The real me is what I need to be, not anyone else.
Before I got to know myself, I used to please everyone. I became what my friends are doing, going to party, shopping or in short social climber. I also became unforgiving, saying bad words, trouble maker, and many more.
It was fun but it does have consequences. One of my unforgettable results of what I did when I was in grade six, when the guard of our school came to our room and scolded us for being involved in a fight with some students from other school.
Ever since then, I think of what I did, of what I become, it turned out to be a monster and not me anymore. I continue to be with my friends, but I decided to show who I truly am: a joker, adventurous and easy to get along. I prayed to God to guide me and to really know myself. I do not need to wear a mask to make friends and to bond with them. Reflect, if you do something that out of who you are then.
Being who you are is being honest to the people who you interact and communicate. It is who you are and nothing else, and that’s what makes you unique and different in good way. Get to know yourself more.
Pretending drives you far from who you really are. Be you because God made us who we are. (Christine Ruelan, Usep intern)