The Masks People Wear

We see them daily everywhere we go. You may not recognize it as what it is, but they are there. Masks are on many, many people. People change their masks regularly depending on the circumstance.

We have a mask for our mate and one for our children. When we go to work we change our mask for our co-workers and if the boss comes around, a special mask goes on for he/she. There is a mask for church and a mask if we get pulled over by a police officer. There's a mask for friends and another for enemies.

Where do we keep all these masks? Where did we get all of them?

Well first I must tell you I am not a psychologist nor do I have a degree in sociology, but I know what I see. You see, I wear masks too. I just don't wear quite as many; I have been trying to throw all my masks away.

I don't know the masks you wear, but I do know the masks I wear and have worn.

So why do I want to get rid of my masks? Masks are a lie; plain and simple, they are a lie. I want to live a life without lies and masks, for me, are some of the biggest lies mankind has.

I have had many people tell me I wear my heart on my sleeve. Many look down upon that, but is it really wrong? I didn't used to wear it out there. I covered my feelings with different masks.

These are some of the masks I have worn:

Happy

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Happy Mask

Could of had an argument or met a driver on the way to work who flipped me the bird and cut me off. I could of had a death in the family or someone I love suffering from a terminal illness. I would just put on my happy mask and wam-bam, everything is fine.

Is life really that simple? Do you know someone that always seems to be happy with never a sad face? They possibly may be wearing a happy mask. Maybe you wear one too. This is probably one of the most used masks there is.

Sad

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Sad Mask

One of our co-workers tells us about someone they know who just died; on goes the sad mask. We hear of a volcano in a far away country that kills 400 people; some of us have to put on the sad mask.

It is sad that we would have to put on a sad mask but sometimes we really don't give a hoot and we try to act like we do. Why?

I have wore this mask and so have many others.

Brave

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Brave Mask

"There is a spider under the bed honey" she says. Put on the brave mask.

I don't know about you but spiders, for me, need a brave mask. Worse yet, bats. Don't let a bat get in the house, because now that I am getting rid of my masks I will probably scream like a little girl.

How many of you have a brave mask?

Tough

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Tough Mask

Just a bit different than the brave mask is the tough mask. It's usually a show-off mask to hide a deep-seated fear.

Getting tough with the neighbor over his tree in your fence to show your girlfriend. Or the tough mask with the big, burly guy that took your parking place when you know he would squash you like a bug. You made sure and put the mask on when you saw a cop just across the street.

C'mon guys, admit it, you've wore the tough mask before.

Many More

There are many, many more masks. Masks to hide being abused or abusing. Masks to hide alcoholism or drug abuse. Masks upon masks upon masks.

Many of the masks we wear were given to us by our parents or guardians. If you have ever been in a good recovery group, you know that we all wear masks.

To remove masks, you must be careful. Going without your mask can be very painful and people are used to you wearing it. Stay around people you can explain it to, healthy people! I found a good pastor and friends who understand. I still put a mask on here and there; I probably always will, but not like I used to.

I want to share a few useful sites about masks with you. The links are below.

Try to get rid of the masks and show people who you really are. Yes, you may lose some friends, but were they really friends. I will bet you will gain some friends too.

Let's take off our masks, remember, Halloween only comes 1 day of the year; not everyday.

© G.L. Boudonck

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Da Filkman 5 years ago

Cool stuff.

My mask of choice is a clown, which can be worn as a mechanism of self-defense, or as a ministry to the sadness all around us. Or both.

One thing is thankfully for sure, however: we can never fool God! He sees through the veneer and loves us anyway!

Oh, and one more thing: if you come to my house wearing that Danny Bonaduce costume again this halloween, no soup for you!


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

lol filkman


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SusieQ42 5 years ago from Lakeland, FL

This is a great article! Definitely so true of we, the silly human beings! Yes, I've taken off quite a few over the years. Thanks for the great info and pictures!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

Thank you for your great article...we all like to pretend, do we?...It is so much safer and also socially much more acceptable to hide your true feelings behind your usual mask, I believe that we have learnt to hide our true feelings long time ago, somewhere on those school playground, when we have been told constantly...'boys don't cry...girls don't make angry faces....'


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Oh yes I should think many will be able to relate to this hub at one time or another in their lives.

Thanks for sharing this gem Froggy.

Up for this one

Take care

Eiddwen.

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