At a certain point in life most of us have a full repertoire of masked personas. Each one is carefully crafted over the years to meet an expectation. Each one is designed to hide a piece of truth. Each one is worn to feel safe from the prying judgment of others.
We slip behind the façade and project a story so that they won’t see our faults, our unworthiness, our humanity. We slink around and keep the jewels of our souls carefully locked away out of fear that our hearts will be raided. We hold onto our truth like it is a secret to be kept from the world. We hide our beauty as though it were rotten.
Then we have the gall to unite with one another by pointing fingers at them. We judge their masked personas in hopes that putting the attention on them will keep anyone from looking at us. We look for the weakness in their armor certain that if we don’t take them down first, they just might see past our shield to the vulnerable truth that lies beneath.
We are so afraid of judgment that we wield it as a weapon towards others. We see our own fear reflected in their shiny masks and exclaim, “God, she is just so fake!” as though we are any different.
What if we could be strong enough to let the masks fall and stand united in the shattered ruins of our desire to be accepted? What if we could finally say, “You know what? I’m magnificent!” and lay bare our naked truth? What if we came together and made a pact to be vulnerable enough to not only unmask our beauty, but also refrain from diverting the attention we receive by pointing fingers?
I dare you to step out from behind your mask. Be bold enough to let it all hang out – your truth, your beauty, your brilliance. Allow your light to shine bright and lead the way for others to do the same. Stop judging, condemning, blaming, name calling, and finger pointing. If we could all lay down our weapons together we would no longer need to shield ourselves from the world and hide behind our elaborate masks.