One of the great tragedies of life is that when we do not feel comfortable with whom we are, we pretend to be someone else. We wear masks and play roles. It is about self-defense, fitting in and being accepted.
We feel safer behind these facades, but they guarantee a life of loneliness and isolation. We cut ourselves off from genuine and authentic community.
Worse, we start believing that we are who we pretend to be. We forget that we are merely performing a role on the stage of life. The result is emotional immaturity.
Even worse, we adopt multiple personalities. We play one role when we are with one group of people and another role when we are with a different group. This leads to a lack of integrity and the fear of exposure.
Get to know who you are and say to yourself, "It's good to be me."