Are we all like that? Acting one way around one person and different for another? I feel like a have a different mask for every person I know. I act quiet and patient for some people, even when I don't feel like being so. With my mom, I am very cautious about what I say. We are close but after a terrible argument several years ago, she threw some things in my face that I had confided in her many years prior, when I was just a kid. It was a rough time and even though we are fine now, I will never let her get close to my tender underbelly for fear of being ripped open again. Around my brothers I resort to my insecure childhood and try to mask that with humor.
While blogging, I'm pretty open but still don't tell my entire life. Friends get another mask and so do my husband and daughter. I guess around my husband and daughter I can be the most true self that I am, but still hold back. Being a parent, you're generally not going to let them in on any major financial or personal strife you're going through. My husband tends to freak out over little things (worry) so I just keep my trap shut if I know something is going to upset him. Sometimes my closet gets so full of masks I trip over them while looking for clothes in the morning.
Then there are people that don't seem to have a filter and act the same around everybody, saying anything and everything without thinking (again, my husband). So maybe that's what masks really are, filters to protect either the wearer of the mask or the ones that deal with the masked ones.