Showing my true, real self is hard. Bullied, teased, made fun of for who you really were is hard to come from. That's why people put up walls, barriers, masks, to hide behind. They're afraid that people will do it again, just like the people before.
God has a plan, whether we know it or not. Too often we rely on ourselves to get through, but we are just human. This world is changing, and so many things can change in an instant. But God never changes.