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“What’s underneath the mask isn’t as important as the mask that you choose to wear, that’s the true indication of your imagination and spirit.” - unknown
I first heard the above quote in a 1980 radio interview with Bette Midler. I was fifteen years old and going through more than the usual adolescent growing pains. The quote, which was used in reference to Ms. Midler’s search for an identity in show business, resonated with my own need to discover how I fit in with the grand scheme of things.
I was a misfit. In many ways, I still am.
Through the years, I learned that though the mask is important, without the part that’s underneath the mask, the mask itself is useless. You must be willing to share a bit of yourself in order to experience human interaction. Without human interaction, you’re just a solo performer on an empty stage; a very lonely place.
But exposing your true self can be a scary proposition.
The question is, How much of yourself are you willing to reveal? The trick is knowing just how translucent the mask should be. If your mask is opaque, you’re perceived a fake.
I suppose the real question is, “Do you live in truth, or do you live a lie?”
BTW- If anyone knows where this quote is from, please let me know.