Masks are a big topic of conversation these days, but it’s not Covid-19 I am thinking of as I write this, but the masks we wear every day for one reason or another: to hide our pain; to disguise our low self-esteem; to “fit in”: or a wide variety of other reasons. Mostly we wear them to protect ourselves, I think. New situation like a new job, perhaps, or a move to a new community. The thing is no matter where we go, we take ourselves with us, for good or for evil. The phrase “keeping it real” is bandied about quite a lot, but how many of us are really real? I admire the folks who are strong enough to let their true colors show regardless of where they are or who they’re with. The “take me as I am” kind of folks. But most of us hide the most sensitive parts of ourselves, whether because of social pressures or due to a defense mechanism. If there is one thing Covid-19 has revealed it is the “really real” humanity or inhumanity of us all. Still, it’s a pleasure to see more positives than negatives. And it seems to me that even the rather negative aspects of human nature comes down to masks of bravado disguising the fear we all feel. We dislike feeling vulnerable, powerless, no longer in control. Not that we’re ever really in control, except for our own reaction to a circumstance or situation. Perhaps one of the silver linings in this pandemic is the unmasking of people as a whole and of individuals as well; the unraveling of illusion. When push comes to shove true colors are revealed. Perhaps, when all is said and done, we will have a better grasp on who we are as individuals, as people and hopefully, have a better grasp on reality.