We are our truest selves when we are alone. We go out, go to school, go to work, and go about our day with a couple of ready-to-wear facade in our back pockets.
It's funny how often people, colleagues and friends tell us how much they like us for who we are. Oh, but do they? Little do they know, they only see what they want to see.
They like what they like to see.
Would they like what is behind that smile, that facade? Others may perceive it as a pretense or call us fake when they are disappointed but they like us when we meet their criteria.
Well, in fact, we have no obligation to meet anybody's standards. But the fear of being a pariah makes us think otherwise.
Meeting new people and seeing new faces may be the best time to put our best foot forward. But, is it? We seem to feel happier when alone than being in the company of people.
And if putting up a front is a good way to keep it that way, so be it. It's harmless. Anyway, it's just a facade.