“She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by-
And never knew.”
–Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It.
Masks aren’t necessarily bad things; some may even call them a necessity. Although if we hide behind our masks our whole life, we might find ourselves surrounded by people we find we don’t like.
Being different with different people doesn’t mean we’re 2 faced, it just means we have different relationships with different people.
People always talk about being yourself, I think that its important to be yourself, own who you are, but its also important to have those masks, being different with different people allows you to function in society, allows society to function.
Perhaps the important thing is to realize when we are donning the masks, so as not to lose ourselves to them. We need masks to face the world, armor in a world where every person is armed with words, with emotions, potential relationships and feelings. We need to be able to protect ourselves and filter and process people; who we allow to enter in our lives that we deem worthy, to protect ourselves, because we are worth protecting. We are precious and must cherish ourselves. And those people that we get to know we allow them to peel back the layers, till they can see the person behind the mask.
People are multidimensional. We are we? We are not some 2 Dimensional character that can be described in a phrase or sentence. Be true to ourselves, maybe we are more than just one character, we are multifaceted beings.
We always talk about being open, opening our minds open up to experiences maybe it’s important to open ourselves to the idea of being more than who we think we are or what we are capable of—I don’t eat that,.. I don’t do this. I’m not that kind of person, we set arbitrary boundaries and limitations for ourselves.
In a world obsessed with having to define things, people,… occupation who they are what they do, as a singular pieces, maybe this collection is a challenge to that belief of being just one thing. Challenging our ideas of who we are, not just a businessman, not just an artist, but something that maybe you can’t define in a word, or a sentence. Giving ourselves the freedom and capacity to find out who we are, who we want to be, who we can be.
When people make a reference masks they often say it as a negative thing. That people are trying to hide who they are or how they feel. It is in many ways a tool to deal with society and different layers of people. Its important to have layers where the person need to earn the layers they are able to pull back. To prove that you are worthy to get to know the person I am. It’s a means to protect themselves,
Having said that, there is a need to acknowledge that it is only the braves and resilient people that can face the world for who they really are and not be afraid. Or better yet, be afraid and do it still. It is not for the faint of heart to be able to bare your soul to the world and say, here, this is me.
Maybe bearing your soul for the whole world is expecting a bit much, but allowing people to peal the layers and allowing someone or some people in maybe good.
Having an armor is important when facing the world and all its dangers, with pointy words and explosive feelings, but its also just as important to take it off.