Do you have it on now? Does it have beautiful bright colors? Or is it dull and bland? Do you ever take it off? Does the mask leave an everlasting imprint if you take it off? Do you keep it on while you sleep? How long have you carried it? Days, months, years, or even decades? Do you clean the mask every so often to enhance its beauty? Where did this mask come from? Maybe your parents, society, or culture… Maybe all of the above. Do you have more than one mask? How and who do you alternate them for?
Let me tell you a little about my mask. I have it on now and it has so many amazing colors with unique design patterns. Sometimes I take it off when I am alone. I thought my mask left an everlasting imprint, but I’ve come to understand it doesn’t have to be permanent. Sometimes I wear it to bed. I’ve carried this mask for three decades and five years. I am sure to clean and polish my mask from time to time. There are times when I do not want to show my battle scars. The mask has been in my DNA for centuries- passed to/and from culture and society. I have more than one mask. I alternate them depending on the day, audience, and environment.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about my past, present, and
future. My past does not define me. My present elevates me to/for my future. The
song “So Much Better” by Phony Ppl perfectly describes my mood (I linked it at
the bottom). The song’s storyline is we (as a society) can do so much better
than we are. It tells us to chase our dreams as we are beyond capable to achieve
them all. Most importantly, we are supported by the spirit world (angels,
spirit guides, and our loved ones).
However, we CHOOSE to settle. We
settle for the job that we always complain about and dread going to. We settle for a piece of paper that allows us
to purchase material items. We think the
material items make us happy. I’ve got
news for you (personal experience). The money only puts a Band-Aid on the
wound. The many wounds that we carry and block out from our childhood. We think
buying things will “make up” for the trauma we’ve experienced. It will
NOT. The money often causes us to run away
from our dreams and towards our demons. We create situations and scenarios that
were never designed for us (pain & sorrow). We have an opportunity to
change this mindset.
This transition is not an overnight process and we shouldn’t
expect it to be. There will be many times where you want to quit and go back to
what you’re familiar with. The baby
steps will get us where we need to be. Take a break from the world and spend
some time alone. We have to get rid of the outside world chatter. Get to know
YOU. You came in this world alone, right (unless you are a twin, triplet, etc.
Lol.) What do YOU like? Not what someone TOLD you to like? What makes you
happy? What makes you sad? What can you do to not feel sad? For example, maybe learning how to tell
people no (without guilt) is a start J
What would happen if you left this world today? Would the world stop
spinning?!? Of course not! LIFE GOES ON!!! With or WITHOUT you.
So start doing what you LOVE! Practice self-care. Love those
who love you- even the ones that don’t J
At the end of the day- it’s not that serious- Lol. Just learn and follow your
passions and live the best life you can. You are truly loved, supported,
guided, and protected.
“I Know We Could Be Doing So Much Better”- Phony Ppl
Disclaimer: I do not own rights to the images and music discussed in this post.