For me, a masquerade conjures images of the Victorian elite with masks hovering over their eyes. Or The Phantom of the Opera, whose true physical self is partially covered by a mask of white….and those at Mardi Gras wearing colorful masks which allow them get away with all sorts of mischief behind a veil of secrecy.
But do we need to wear something on our face to hide our true selves? Do we need sequins, and face paint to hide our pain, or our looks, or to protect ourselves from the judgment of others as we actually try to be our true self?
I look at the masks I wear to create the illusion of what I want people to see and sometimes I wonder who that illusion is for? Is it really for them or me?
I am not sure what is scarier….to drop the mask and have people see me for what I am or for me to see myself, perhaps for the first time, as I truly am.
Either takes courage.
Can you pull the mask from your eyes?