Peeling Back the Mask: Reconnect With Your Authentic Self – Tiny Buddha“You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.” ~Eckhart Tolle It was 3PM on a Wednesday and I had nothing to do. An empty schedule with limitless potential. I was miles from home in the freezing fog of San Francisco. The bustle of traffic reminded me of my hectic life back home, but I wasn’t bothered. I had nowhere to be and nobody to answer to, just like the day before and the next day. I was free. I brought my favorite travel companion along with me to aid in my journey of self-discovery: me. Not the busy Account-Manager-me. My true self. Last year was painful for me. Like many others, I found myself ebbing and flowing with the tide that is the nine-to-five. Living for the weekend so I could escape the grind and live outside the snow globe even if just for a moment. Life is more than clocking in and out with dead eyes and a slack jaw while counting the milliseconds as they fade toward your Friday night. I’m on this earth to be -not to be someone else for a paycheck. In recognizing that I needed a vacation, I downed a bottle of wine and booked a two-week trip to my city by the bay. Fourteen days of sweet liberation. Maybe you can relate to my reality. Back home, Rebecca in accounting is a constant complainer. She brings you down like an iron pair of boots. You’ve got to grin and bear it because she processes your expense reports and you see her every day. You’ve gotten so adept at feigning interest that you’re losing sight of what’s underneath the mask. Rebecca gets the sympathy mask. Your boss gets the I’m-passionate-about-my-job mask.