Masks Have Been Around Forever

Masks have been around forever. The arrival of Covid-19 has turned us into a masked society. For the past year, we’ve all been urged by the CDC to wear masks. We’re all tired of wearing them. We have learned to hate the mask. I have co-workers I see on a daily basis whose face is hidden behind their mask while working. I have almost forgotten what they look like. Their smile and personality is hidden by the awful masks we are forced to wear. Yet, when I reflect on everyone’s mask, I think of an irony related to all of this. We’ve all been wearing masks periodically for a long time. The masks I speak of have nothing to do with the arrival of Covid-19. They have nothing to do with any disease for that matter.

The masks we’ve been urged to wear for the last year are to protect us and others. To what degree they protect us is anyone’s guess. I suppose much of the mask wearing frenzy has been driven by fear.

Aside from a mask used for medical purposes, a mask serves one of two purposes. A mask can conceal your identity. Such would be the reason a bank robber would wear a mask. I can also think of professional wrestlers I watched wrestle when I was a kid. Many of them wore masks to conceal their true identity. It gave their character that element of mystery. Wearing a mask can give the wearer a different persona. It can allow them to pretend to be someone or something they are not. We’ve seen this at Halloween and masquerade parties.

The Invisible Masks People Wear

So far, I’ve been talking about physical masks made of some type of material. Yet, there is another type of mask that is invisible that many of us have worn before. Perhaps you’re wearing an invisible mask now. Much like the Covid-19 mask, fear often causes people to wear an invisible mask. Low self-esteem and fear of not being accepted makes them hide behind an invisible mask. It’s an attempt to either be someone they are not, or hide who they really are.

Have you ever seen someone who is different depending on the crowd they are with? People like this ( and I used to be one) typically have a low self-esteem. They think in order to be appreciated, they have to pattern themselves after someone else. This is all done in an attempt to win someone’s approval. When people live their lives like this, they become “chameleon people.” A chameleon is a type of lizard that has the ability to change color when it gets in different surroundings. A chameleon will normally do this as a means of self preservation. When the chameleon changes colors, it will blend in with the surroundings  thus making it less visible to possible predators.

Chameleon

Chameleon People

Chameleon people “ change their true colors. They do this as a means of protecting themselves from possible harm or hurt. The fear of experiencing emotional hurts and pain causes them to hide behind an invisible mask. The person who does this doesn’t realize their mask hides their true beauty from the world.

Someone may be looking for a friend whose qualities are similar to those of the person behind the mask. Masks hide your God-given qualities. The onlooker may never realize the true nature and inner qualities of that person. Consequently, many great and meaningful friendships may never happen because of hidden masks. Masks prevent others from seeing your true nature. I have come to really appreciate people who are genuine and just “real” people. I love the ” What you see is what you get” kind of folks. 

Are You Hiding Behind A Mask?

Perhaps you are in a place in your life where you are struggling with your self-esteem. Do you feel that others will not accept the true version of who you are? In order for you to truly be able to love, you first have to be able to love yourself. If you are finding it difficult to love yourself, let me assure you of something. You have some wonderful qualities inside of yourself that you are overlooking. God created mankind in his likeness. God didn’t make junk when he made you.

You don’t have to be reluctant to offer the true version of yourself to the world. There is an amazing person with God given qualities behind the mask you wear. Someone in the world is looking for someone just like you. Don’t try to be like anyone else. I remember a quote from Dr. Seuss that said, ” Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” You can feel free to be who you are and what you are. There is someone in this world looking for a friend just like you, They are looking for someone willing to be genuine. Relax, take off your mask, and never be afraid to let the world see the awesomeness of who you really are. Trust me….when you remove the mask you will feel free, and your life will never be the same.

Thanks for Reading!

Until next time,

Mark

Breaking Free of Our Masks
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