“My mind was attached to a specific image of what it meant to be manly. It invested its entire self-worth into preserving that image. My mind greatly undervalues my true worth.”
This hit me when I read it.
And it hit me again when that same person kept shutting down anyone offering suggestions on stepping outside those self-created boxes and really freeing themselves to be authentic—and eventually left the forums.
And I thought to myself, “What a trap he’s built for himself. And oh! How he’s caught fast.”
Don’t we all have traps that we set for ourselves and for others?
- What does it mean to be a woman?
- What does it mean to be a dominant?
- What does it mean to be an educator?
- What does it mean to be bisexual?
- What does it mean to be 45?
- What does it mean to be Me?
These are some of the traps I could be (and probably am) constructing around myself at any given time.
I’d like to think I examine them and free myself semi-regularly from my entanglements, and all of you and your comments and discussions help me with that.
What are your traps?
How have you boxed yourself in? Have you defined your life or actions based on who you think you SHOULD be, perhaps more than who you are in any ways?
I’d love to hear your stories.