Well, a comment made about how everything published on the Internet, for example a blog post or an image, is forever available, had me search for just that possibility. That eventually got me interested enough to search for my old blog sites. Unfortunately, only a few cached pages could be found using the WayBackMachine. However, what I did find, were a number of old posts that I will be bringing back into existence from November 2011 to the end of January 2012. That was all I was able to locate. I will be bringing the first of these blog posts back today. The original post was called Twins: Naked Beneath Your Persona, and was posted on November 3rd. At that time, I was teaching at a university in China, my third year at the same university.
Taking time out each day to prepare my lessons, to teach classes and to evaluate what I have done and where I have been in relation to my university students often leaves me drained. I have been doing this for a long time, and find myself still doing this six years after I have retired. I get tired but I don’t seem to know how to let go of my role as educator, teaching about the human psyche, personality and relationships.
So many years as teacher, confidant, counsellor, coach, sage and father figure have made me wonder who I am under all of these roles. Of course, having a life at home, a family life only adds more and more roles into the mix. Once upon a time I had also added in athlete, musician and poet into the mix. Today? I don’t know who the hell I am anymore.
Sky Clad: Hmmm – who are you beneath the roles, beneath the personae that have defined you in schools, in the family and in the community? So tell me, who do you see when you look in the mirror?
Ego: A tired and graying man. I don’t really recognize the face as it appears to be much too old for my face.
Sky Clad: Well, I hate to break the bad news to you, but that face is your real face. So is the gray hair that is thinning out quite a bit in case you haven’t noticed.
Ego: Thanks, that was encouraging.
Sky Clad: Actually, that is good news.
Source: Exposed and Vulnerable
Original publication 4 February, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 17th February 2021
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