We all wear masks in some shape or form, it’s only when someone drops their mask that we truly see them for who they are.
During my life I have personally worn many masks and projected various personas at different times. Some for quite a while and others in or under particular situations.
It’s interesting to consider that the word ‘persona’ is actually the Greek word used to describe the masks originally worn by actors while on stage. At the time, those masks were not worn to really hide a person, in fact quite the opposite. There purpose was to help project, enhance and strengthen the character being portrayed.
I’ve learned in the last few years that it’s good to actually lift the mask and show the people that I care about the real me.
If you wear a particular mask for too long, you run the risk of losing sight of who you really are or becoming that projected persona.
Part of being poly, is being open and vulnerable, it exposes you to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, emotionally but there is also no better way to express trust.
When someone makes the choice to lift the mask treat them gently and accept their action for what it is, a gift and sign of ultimate faith.