We literally show our best face.
For a long time, that was my Facebook profile picture. It's a self-portrait I played with in Instagram. I like it but it's only part of the picture. Only part of who I am.
The other night I was reflecting on living a big life, a true life, a vulnerable life. What would it mean for me to show my true face? The private me. The one that no one really sees. Maybe not even me.
I took some pictures with my phone and played with them in Instagram. One in particular struck me as more revealing, more honest, more true.
Before I could change my mind I made it my profile picture.
The moment I did I felt a sense of relief, like maybe I wasn't hiding myself so much anymore. Like maybe I could speak with more authenticity. Like I could be vulnerable and still feel safe.
Since then I have felt this new sense of power. Of knowing. Of being.
In that instant of showing my true face I changed my understanding of myself. And my relationship with myself. And that's changed my relationship with the world.
It's a surprise to me that so much has changed. I don't want to over analyze it or make it something I'm not sure it is. I merely want to be grateful for the opportunity to be me.