Thoughts From The Wilderness – Living Exposed

From just about a year ago.

We all present what we want the world to face.

The skin covering our skull is at a basic level simply a mask. A mask that covers the “old cranium” and presents to the world what we look like. Unfortunately, we wear a mask over that one.

The other mask is the one we wear that presents what “we want” the world to see. Not necessarily the physical, but the emotional and mental wellness we work at portraying to those we come in contact with.

What would the world see, if we were to take off our masks, drop all the emotional and self-preservation fences we have erected and exposed who we truly are?

Exposure can be a bit of a fickle experience, depending on the circumstance. Good on one hand; bad on another; and more than likely falling somewhere in between.

Exposure to a new and exciting activity or experience can be a wonderful thing that enriches our lives and adding yet another rich layer to the intricacy we call living.

Exposure to the elements however……………..not so well. Prolonged exposure to the sun and extremely hot temperatures can lead to a miserable adventure. It can lead ultimately to a serious if not a fatal ending if we don’t take a number of preventive measures to stop us somewhere along the way.

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This piece of film Lynn found on a photography club outing a couple of years ago.

I envision or really wish it was at one time or at least had the potential to capture the memories of a special time in the life of a family or an individual. Memories of a long-forgotten Christmas, birthday party or special event.

But then, something happened. Something in the workings of the universe caused it to be become exposed. To be tossed out in the middle of a field, lying there exposed to the world revealing what it truly is……………… a simple chunk of a film; exposed; devoid of much usefulness.

Much like this piece of film, sometimes our lives can be exposed for all to see.

We work hard, oftentimes too hard to present a face to the world of something that might not be quite as real as it seems ………………a movie like screening who we are.

Thinking about it, the film that movies are or I suppose were shot on at one point, capture a reality that isn’t a reality at all. We may believe or want to believe it, but don’t movies, in essence, present something that we escape too or even worse at times aspire too.

Many times we create a mask or falseness that we present for the world to see.

Kind of like a movie of the week.

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Why?

That is the million-dollar question and is far more difficult and challenging to answer then can found in this short blog.

Sometimes, who we really are; ………truly are; ……..is not something we want the world to see.

We present a version of reality to the world that keeps us comfortable; something we and our friends, family and co-workers can live with. Keeps us safe. One of the many coping mechanisms or survival strategy we develop over the years.

Maybe it evolves over time as a way to survive; to have people think, “Hey, doesn’t that couple really have it together.” All the while, struggling to produce the stage play of “gee, look at our lifestyle and all the friends we have; and he BBQ’s we invite people over to in the summer.” But, living pay-cheque to pay-cheque and being that one pay period away from having it all crumble down around them.

Maybe, it’s simply self-preservation.

Getting exposed, much like that piece of film would shatter the illusion.

Maybe people won’t like the exposed me; even worse maybe I won’t like or I know I don’t like the exposed me.

But, have we ever stopped to think, “maybe they will like who you are ……………..exposed”

The real you………………..no “piece of film that captured the movie of the week illusion you’re trying to re-run all the time”………………just you.

How do you cope with being as real as possible?

Sometimes, exposure isn’t a bad thing.

Thanks for reading.

20 thoughts on “Thoughts From The Wilderness – Living Exposed

  1. seraphsun

    A very thought-provoking post. I learned to put on a mask at my previous work, and though I am always uncomfortable with it, it seems to have become a detestable part of me that I can’t shake off. Unfortunately I have grown dependent on it.

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  2. I think overexposure can be as much of a problem as allowing your true nature to remain hidden. I think the answer lies somewhere within the middle. The harsh light of complete truth is too much for most (all?) of us to bear. A case in point: “Honey, do I look fat?” Enjoyed your post.

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  3. I like this very much, and I like being who I am without any frivolity or fru fru. My significant other, Richard, is more traditional than I am and he wants to start out in nature slowly, camping perhaps, but definitely not exposing ourselves to nature and trusting that to be our home, even if we were to live in a motorhome. So this was a very interesting post, and thank you both for being willing to share your adventures. My blog is http://www.allinadaysbreath.com and I am the author of two nonfiction books too which are mentioned in my blog. My husband doesn’t write, but he is an excellent cook, and could probably make any food taste wonderful! We are seniors and I am a bit older, but age is relative when you are seniors. Age is all in our minds, and mine is still running smoothly mostly!

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    1. Thanksfor visiting and commenting. Living exposed I think is a challenge for all of us regardless of age, One would assue that as we get older living exposed and not really caring too much about how the rest of the world sees us or views us would get easier. Not sure if that is true though. Those masks and barriers we create over our lives can be difficult to break down at any age. Starting slowly in the outdoors is better than not starting at all. Lynn was a bit more reserved in our outdoor pursuits when we first met(long, long ago), but now she can be leading full charge. And yes, age msotly mostly a mind thing. I just turned 60 in June and still feel like I’m high school. We tackle just about anything in the outdoors that tickles our fancy. Most of our friends think we have a few screws loose. lol. Thanks again for visiting.

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      1. Wow, good for the two of you. I am 77 and Richard is 61 – I know, I am a cougar, but the reality is that as we are seniors, there is in reality very little difference psychological or physically in age. And the key issue is having like life values and being able to give something your partner wants to do a try. I am the more adventuresome of the two of us, but Richard HAS done a lot of camping and living and trekking outdoors when he was in the military, so it should not be too hard for him. Anyway, hopefully this coming year. Peace and many blessings, Anne

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      2. Sounds like a good match going on here. Yes, any relationship is a balance of give and take. Even starting small getting outdoors and easing in to it works well. Everyone finds the balance that works for them. Key though, is your guy’s balance. Not what you might see other doing. Many blessings to you and Richard as well.

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