Masks. We all wear one. You can't deny it. Every morning we put on a mask, and then face the world. These masks help get us into character for the roles we play throughout the day. Every day we play a part, student, daughter, son, teacher, brother, sister, friend, co-worker, ect. We are taught early on how to act and react in different situations. You sit still in church; you answer questions politely in school; you never curse around your parents; always wear pants in public; laugh the most with your friends. When someone acts differently than the "norm" they get looked at funny, or even made fun of. Have you ever stopped to wonder though, are these people really acting strange, or are they just taking off their mask?
Why are so many of us afraid to let others see what's underneath? We all wear pretty similar masks, so why shouldn't we assume that what's underneath isn't bizzare or wrong? I believe if we all took off our masks, we would quickly discover how similar we all are. We're all flesh and blood. We each have a heart. A soul. A dream. We're human. So why must we wear these plastic masks in hopes of concealing what we really are? Conformity is a dangerous thing. It can bring out the worst in people.
I am guilty of weearing a mask each day. I don't act the same way when I'm at school as I do when I'm with my friends. I act completely different when I'm alone compared to how I act with my family. I'm not really proud of this fact though. I wish I could take my mask off once and for all, and be brave enough to bare myself to the world. I don't know if my mask will ever be completely off, but I'm starting to strip my mask of it's glitter, sequins, and feathers. I want to make as much of my true self visible, as I can. I'm not ashamed of who I am, but I hate the idea of being vulnerable.
We use our masks like security blankets. If no one can see the real us, no one can really hurt us. I'm not saying we should all throw caution to the wind, and start acting insane while at funerals and what not. I just think we should allow ourselves to be more vulnerable. Pluck a few feathers from your own mask. Allow yourself to be exposed, even if it's only for a moment. We shouldn't hide who are. We should embrace the beautiful flaws we all have lurking beneath our mask. There is beauty in being vulnerable, if you allow yourself to embrace this beauty, others will embrace it too.
So, I don't have a question today, I have a challenge: Let yourself be vulnerable at least once today. Share a secret with someone, don't wear a face full of makeup, don't feel insecure. Just be you.
Lindsey. Twenty-Five. Currently pursuing a degree in Professional Writing & Film Studies.