I started the first episode of @maskoffpod by revealing my real name. I used “Hawaii” Mike as a shield, a persona to show everyone what I thought they wanted to see from me and to hide any emotional issues I was dealing with. In the long run it didn’t help, it isolated me and didn’t allow me to heal. As I opened up and shared my experiences I understood I wasn’t alone, I just wasn’t talking to anyone about it cause I didn’t want to seem weak or vulnerable. So wrong, it’s really the stronger person that IS able to share, to open up to their family and friends, and ask for help if needed.
Maybe I’m not the right person. Maybe you all just aren’t used to hearing me talk about these things and it feels uncomfortable. I’m not an expert, just someone you know who believes we should be able to talk about life openly, and by having conversations with my friends hoping that will inspire you to do the same. And if you ever need someone to listen and talk to, feel free to hit me, cause you can’t heal what you don’t reveal. 🙏🏼 #MaskOffPod #MentalHealth #Mindfulness #SelfAwareness