Interestingly enough, even before this challenge started, I had already written about masking and my own experience of it in a previous post. However, I couldn’t help but be excited to join this campaign as things like this aren’t that common to come by. So, from now until the week of September 3, 2018, every Wednesday, I will be putting up a blog post about masking. To either join us in the campaign, or to follow it to see what other content creators who specialize in this topic have to say about it, please follow the #TakeTheMaskOff on social media.
This campaign was started by The Autistic Advocate, Do I look autistic yet?, Neurodivergent Rebel and Agony Autie to encourage autistic content creators to let their voices be heard in order to spread awareness and education about what masking is all about, and how it affects us.
Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect from this blog in the next couple of weeks.
Personally, I’m quite excited to be writing about these topics every week, and I hope that you, dear readers, will not hesitate to comment or ask questions in the comments below for the posts I’ll be making.
As mentioned earlier, I did write a post about masking and imitation, and I talked about it in a more social context, as my experience with masking is that I usually mask or pretend to behave like a normal or neurotypical person in more social situations, in order to keep up appearances. However, when I get home, more often than not, I have my mask off.
However, even though I do have my mask off at home, how much it is off also depends on the people I’m with at home. More often than not, with the people who help run our household, I do have that mask on a little bit, and with two of my siblings. However, recently, this mask has come off more and more with all the family members I live with as the years went by.
With close friends, I still do have a little bit of that mask on, especially when I make sure that I’m understanding or processing what their saying the right way, or when I try and calculate the right answer or emotion to put out that’s appropriate. Sometimes, there are slips, but even if it gets a bit tiring, this kind of masking, for me, isn’t so much of a burden at all.
I consider myself to be quite lucky that I am able to be myself and remove my mask at home and with my close friends. I am pretty sure that there are other Asians who may share the same luck that I have when it comes to being able to take the mask off sometimes, and I’m pretty sure that there are also those who aren’t able to do so. I am hoping however, that with this challenge, we will be able to get more comfortable in talking about it and to educate others about it so that from time to time, we can have some relief and take that mask off more often than not.
Anyway, I am definitely looking forward to the next few weeks of talking about masking and I hope you are too!
Up next, I’ll be talking about stimming and how it is related to masking, something I’m very much looking forward to talking about.