stress, anxiety, hypervigilance, surviving, people pleasing closed, critical, skeptical, fearful, intimidated holding tight, being strong, sarcastic false bravado, stiff upper lip fake, snarky, poser false self true self open, joyful, true peace, harmony, intuition balanced, vulnerable, equilibrium feeling, letting go, detaching, relaxing, being accepting, loving, trusting, honest, authentic, thriving
At my writing workshop a few nights ago, we discussed False and True Selves. One of our mentor texts was the poem “False Identity,” by Sheila Burns. She refers to an hourglass and that image inspired me to doodle one in my notebook and just start inserting words that characterize my false and true selves. I then set to work creating a poem that would envelop the hourglass shape and show the false self disappearing and trickling down, day by day, into my truest Self.
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