I stumbled upon a poem the other day and it really stood out to me.  It is entitled, “Masks”.

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 be– and never knew.

We are all different: from our views on politics and life experiences to our cultural backgrounds.  However, if we spent more time looking for similarities instead of differences, me might be less inclined to don our ‘masks’ every day.  These ‘masks’ hide who we really are.  They hide our quirky personalities, our senses of humor and prevent people from seeing us from the inside out.

Cultural pressures (especially the media) encourage girls and boys from a very young age that they need this product or this mass body index in order to be “beautiful” and “popular”.  We try to mask our imperfections and differences because we are told that these are to be avoided at all costs.  The truth is, beauty does not come from the outside: it comes from within.

Roald Dahl once said, “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”  I know this is true.  If we spent as much time on developing our inner qualities as we did on perfecting our outer appearances, imagine how truly beautiful we would all be!  Instead of perfecting our ‘masks’, let us not be ashamed of who we truly are.  Be yourself!  And look for others who have taken their masks off, and are proud to be themselves: not because they are pretty or have conformed to cultural or social norms.  But because they are working on beautifying their thoughts, actions, and life.  This is what makes people truly beautiful, and their inner goodness will always show.




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