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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.

7 thoughts on “True Colors

  1. I so agree that unmasking is a positive. I so agree with your observations.

    For years, when I was working, I facilitated mask painting workshops called In The Face of Pain. After painting both the outside and the inside of their the masks, participants shared what they showed the world and what the world didn’t see. It was a humbling experience for me and enlightening for the participants.
    Thank you for this post.

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful work shop. It does take a certain amount of courage to look inside the mask though, speaking from my own experiences. It can be quite painful, but worth it in the end once you find healing.

      Thanks so much for reading.

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  2. A lot of wisdom here. Thank you for that. In the neighbourhood where I live I cannot believe how many people are showing so much kindness, giving, and caring for others. So much effort here happening to help others get through this. If this is the true face of the people I connect with so frequently then I am, we all are, truly blessed. ❤

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