Have you ever seen a friend of yours do something that shocked you at the very core? Something that made you think, “I thought I knew him/her, I didn’t know they’d be like that”? What happens when we discover what lies below the masks that our friends and family wear in front of us?
Who do we blame for the masks that people wear? Society that defines how we are supposed to act even if it’s all a huge pretense; a mock show that we put in front of people, so that people would pat us on the back, and not talk badly about us. Or is it the spouses, who wake up every morning and wipe the tears from their eyes, smiling to the world, telling everybody that everything is all right? Or is it ourselves, do we blame ourselves for not having the strength to show others who we truly are in case we are afraid of ridicule?
The masks that people wear are real. The existence of these masks can be seen in the fake laugh that explodes from a person who tries to look good in front of his superior. It’s in the girl who goes out of her way to look thin just because that’s how society will accept her, even when she knows she’d rather be devouring that haagen-dazs ice cream every night. It’s in the husband and wife who scream at each other every night but when they appear in front of others, they act all sweet to each other. It’s in the hundreds of people who when their hearts are breaking and they’re asked, “How are you?” They answer,” Fine.” As if there’s a new universal definition for fine that says, ‘a state of total misery…’
Richard Bach says, “The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we’re afraid. We fear we will not find love, and when we find it we fear we’ll lose it. We fear that if we do not have love we will be unhappy.”
So when you wake up tomorrow morning, ask yourself, are you going to meet the world wearing the mask of a person you’re not?
If you are now telling yourself that you’re not wearing a mask right now, ask yourself this question, could it be that maybe, the mask is so stuck to who you think you are that you don’t even know it’s even there?
that’s something to think about and leave your comments below.