From just about a year ago.
We all present what we want the world to face.
The skin covering our skull is at a basic level simply a mask. A mask that covers the “old cranium” and presents to the world what we look like. Unfortunately, we wear a mask over that one.
The other mask is the one we wear that presents what “we want” the world to see. Not necessarily the physical, but the emotional and mental wellness we work at portraying to those we come in contact with.
What would the world see, if we were to take off our masks, drop all the emotional and self-preservation fences we have erected and exposed who we truly are?
Exposure can be a bit of a fickle experience, depending on the circumstance. Good on one hand; bad on another; and more than likely falling somewhere in between.
Exposure to a new and exciting activity or experience can be a wonderful thing that enriches our lives and adding yet another rich layer to the intricacy we call living.
Exposure to the elements however……………..not so well. Prolonged exposure to the sun and extremely hot temperatures can lead to a miserable adventure. It can lead ultimately to a serious if not a fatal ending if we don’t take a number of preventive measures to stop us somewhere along the way.
This piece of film Lynn found on a photography club outing a couple of years ago.
I envision or really wish it was at one time or at least had the potential to capture the memories of a special time in the life of a family or an individual. Memories of a long-forgotten Christmas, birthday party or special event.
But then, something happened. Something in the workings of the universe caused it to be become exposed. To be tossed out in the middle of a field, lying there exposed to the world revealing what it truly is……………… a simple chunk of a film; exposed; devoid of much usefulness.
Much like this piece of film, sometimes our lives can be exposed for all to see.
We work hard, oftentimes too hard to present a face to the world of something that might not be quite as real as it seems ………………a movie like screening who we are.
Thinking about it, the film that movies are or I suppose were shot on at one point, capture a reality that isn’t a reality at all. We may believe or want to believe it, but don’t movies, in essence, present something that we escape too or even worse at times aspire too.
Many times we create a mask or falseness that we present for the world to see.
Kind of like a movie of the week.
That is the million-dollar question and is far more difficult and challenging to answer then can found in this short blog.
Sometimes, who we really are; ………truly are; ……..is not something we want the world to see.
We present a version of reality to the world that keeps us comfortable; something we and our friends, family and co-workers can live with. Keeps us safe. One of the many coping mechanisms or survival strategy we develop over the years.
Maybe it evolves over time as a way to survive; to have people think, “Hey, doesn’t that couple really have it together.” All the while, struggling to produce the stage play of “gee, look at our lifestyle and all the friends we have; and he BBQ’s we invite people over to in the summer.” But, living pay-cheque to pay-cheque and being that one pay period away from having it all crumble down around them.
Maybe, it’s simply self-preservation.
Getting exposed, much like that piece of film would shatter the illusion.
Maybe people won’t like the exposed me; even worse maybe I won’t like or I know I don’t like the exposed me.
But, have we ever stopped to think, “maybe they will like who you are ……………..exposed”
The real you………………..no “piece of film that captured the movie of the week illusion you’re trying to re-run all the time”………………just you.
How do you cope with being as real as possible?
Sometimes, exposure isn’t a bad thing.
Thanks for reading.