Well now, I’m quite curious to see where this leads! :)

Are you familiar with the old saying that “character is what you do when no one is watching”? I feel quite the same way about individual identities. Every single one of us puts on different masks in front of different people — bosses, teachers, neighbors, and so on. Different audiences have different expectations, and I think that, since we’re naturally social creatures, we’re instinctively inclined to want to make sure we don’t fall too short of those expectations. But when you’re alone, there’s no reason to concern yourself with any of that nonsense, which is why I believe that the way you act, talk, think and feel when you’re by yourself is probably the most authentic version of yourself. So if you really want to break free and just be yourself, take some time to think about who you are when no one is watching you, and then let that iteration of yourself shine through as often as you can.

Outer space enthusiast. Japanese history junkie. I write about politics, culture, and mental illness. Disagreement is a precursor to progress.

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