TAKE BACK MY POWER Month Day 28: PERCEPTION VS REALITY. For all intents and purposes, this looks like a picture of me nailing a bent knee handstand. If I said nothing about it, it would likely be perceived as such. However, seconds before the picture was taken, I was balancing with my toes touching the low ceiling and holding myself in place that way. I moved my legs into bent knee as the timer on the camera clicked down to zero. Seconds after the photo, I fell over and hit my head on the floor, giving me a headache that lasted the rest of the day. The reality is that I did not, in fact, nail a handstand. This notion of perception vs reality has been one that I have been chewing on a lot lately. I have a hard time figuring out when people are being dishonest or when they are purporting to be someone they are not. Perhaps it is naiveté, but I prefer to think of it as my penchant for seeing the good in people. I am an honest person so it’s hard for me to assume people are being dishonest or that my perception of them is different from their reality (if they are not being authentic). I take people at face value and I am learning that what I perceive as face value oftentimes does not actually equate to reality. It’s sad, I prefer to trust people until they give me a reason not to, however it is becoming very evident that doing so gets me confused and sometimes hurt. How do I protect myself from false perceptions without losing my trust in people? I’m not sure. I just have to work on being more cautious I guess. And also work on my handstands.