Are you happy? Not like “fake Instagram happy”, but truly satisfied with your identity. My happiness is derived from everything the public doesn’t see. Family & personal life.
But there was a time when all my perceived happiness was a reaction from stimulation from the external world. Tiktok, Instagram, live performance. I was totally addicted to my environment, and dependent on external cues to reinforce my addiction. Happiness is supposed to come from within, but our priority is how we want everyone to see us.
Who is hiding behind the image we are projecting? We create a set of memorized programs to cover all the vulnerable parts of us. Do we not think people will like the real us?