Many people who reveal and expose so much of themselves give the impression that they are authentic, real and vulnerable. I’ve long since learned that when someone gives that impression, they are usually (not always) using this impression of authenticity as smoke and mirrors to deflect people from their truest selves. Why? Because they may be deeply ashamed of who they really are, fear rejection, or need to be admired and accepted. They could also be your typical INFPs who hunger for the authentic in an obsessive kind of way. Lots of reasons. I probably fall into this camp. So, in the spirit of this thought, I thought I’d expose to you my favorite hiding places… which is a kind of trick because when I really want to hide, I really don’t want you to find me. So from today on, my favorite hiding places will change until you stop looking for me in my original hiding places, then I’ll go back to them. Here are 10:
- My home studio (usually painting and listening to loud music)
- My study at the church (usually studying, thinking, blogging, writing)
- In the car (usually driving and listening to loud music)
- In a movie (in the evening, with a beer or glass of wine, with Lisa)
- On my back deck (having a pipe or barbecuing an animal)
- In a book (usually philosophy or esoteric spirituality, or science and theology)
- At a friend’s or party (enjoy the skin you’re in!)
- Taking a walk (with my pipe, my dog, my wife, myself… we love the woods)
- Behind me (that’s right… I’ll put forward a self that I can hide behind)
- God (my life is now hidden with Christ in God… can I disappear?)
What’s your favorite hiding place?
ps: the pic above was found here.