Far less of a burden
the clarity of disclosure,
able to relent on the fears
that preclude us from being honest
out of concerns over judgement.
Honesty accounts for a free soul,
one that cares less about what people think
and more about being true,
being authentic as to how we see ourselves
rather than how others see us.
As we age, concerns of appearance
fade in purpose, as we are no longer
out to prove ourselves, we are comfortable
in our skin and know who we are,
regardless of what anyone else thinks.
The burden of worrying what others think
is a waste of energy, as we all see life differently,
and there is no right or wrong, just perception,
as long as we are at peace with ourselves,
nothing else matters.
Striving to be something we are not
is both pointless and tragically misguided,
as we then create circumstances based on lies,
and upholding those delusions
is a path of irrevocable recompense.
The problem is many people
choose delusion out of fear
that require even further deception and lies
to maintain an unauthentic life
of secrets and falsehood.
They may do this out of fear
that they are unworthy in reality,
and so manufacture a persona or appearance
that they believe will be accepted,
their hopes built on shaky ground.
In the end what have we got
apart from our truth, who we are in life,
and in reality live an authentic life
so we may connect and learn and thrive
rather than living in fear of being found a pretender.
It saddens me that people go to such lengths
to create the shell of an impostor
because of feelings of inadequacy,
and that an entire life can be experienced in delusions,
far from experience in a real sense,
and lost in a world of their own.
Tony DeLorger © 2018
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