So maybe a little masking is just part of polite society and getting along in a crowded world.
But the key, perhaps, is finding the level of authenticity that allows you to live your one wild life in the world in a way that respects yourself and those around you. For some of you, that might mean reining it in a little bit, in deference to your neighbor who doesn't appreciate your daytime backyard naked booty dances while their children are on the trampoline. For others, maybe those like me who were raised in an incubator of secrets and/or shame, that balance might mean being more open and removing a mask that is no longer needed. One my favorite role models for living authentically is the artist Patti Bryan. You'll know from the first conversation you have with her...she is all real, despite an upbringing that gave her every reason to be otherwise.
Luckily for us, the masked person in The Princess Bride was none other than Westley, the most honorable of characters, who had to play the part of the Dread Pirate Roberts to save his own life. And let's face it, who doesn't like a pirate?
Jen Walls and her imaJENation