It’s been a long while since I participated in BlogHer‘s NaBloPoMo – 5 months to be exact. But, this month’s “Mask” theme caught my eye and I figured that I would end the year the way I started it… by committing to writing here every day. Honestly though, had the theme not intrigued me, I probably would have bypassed it because the last 3 months of the year are insanely busy for me just like everyone else.
I don’t always follow the prompts that NaBloPoMo’s community manager, Melissa gives but most of this month’s are really great. For instance, today’s asked what first popped to mind when you read that the theme was “Mask”.
Without a doubt my interpretation is that a mask is something we all hide behind. I don’t care who you are or what you say, we all have a mask that we hide behind to some extent. The mask is usually more prevalent when we’re younger and not so sure about ourselves. As time goes on, most of us become more comfortable with who we are and use the mask less often. But that mask still comes out when we’re unsure of our surroundings, around new people and in uncomfortable and different situations. It’s what we think will protect us from the unknown. Why do you think masquerade balls were so popular – it was an opportunity for people to hide behind a mask and truly be themselves.
Sometimes it’s exhausting to wear the mask. Some people help us remove our mask quicker than others and there are some people in the world that I would never remove my mask for. It’s about trust – when I trust you, I’ll remove my mask. I wish we lived in a society that embraced everyone for their uniqueness but sadly, it’s just not the case. So until that happens and people aren’t afraid to let their true colors show, we’ll always guess who’s wearing a mask and who’s not.
Well, we all have a face that we hide away forever
And we take them out and show ourselves when everyone has gone.
Some are satin, some are steel,
Some are silk and some are leather.
They’re the faces of a stranger,
But we’d love to try them on.
The Stranger – Billy Joel
I think I’ll have a lot to say about this theme so I don’t want to unload everything in the teaser post.. but I’d love to know who or what makes you put on your mask?
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