Self consciousness takes a lot of energy and isn’t very simple. We do our best to try to impress those around us and slink under masks.
Most people want to connect with authentic people. People they can be themselves with. Not people they feel they need to compete with.
We run ourselves down trying to keep up with our image. When the image is just a mirage anyway. And our bodies become weary, our souls dry until there is even less of our real selves.
Soon only the image remains.