Thursday, October 27, 2011


The idea of wearing a mask seems to be very similar to the idea of wearing different hats. We all wear different hats at different times, depending on where we are, what we are doing or what is expected...are masks so very different?

The Mask

Unhappy and unfulfilled -
living a life for show

worried about appearance -
fear of falling short

wondering what others think -
trying to measure up

losing the will -
then pushing on

not letting go -
stubborn pride

afraid of being a failure -
recognition masking truth.


  1. I like! You know, I think the difference is that the many hats we wear are often thrust upon our heads: Parent, spouse, sibling, child, neighbor, friend, co-worker, etc. OK, some we take on willingly. But with a mask, we take it on knowingly and purposefully---usually to hide or to hide something. It is truly a facade in every sense of the word. A mask is often about fear---fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of whatever. Some of us put on a brave face when challenged but it is no less a mask.

  2. I've been wearing so many hats lately I'm trying very hard to find the right fit.

  3. Trebord - I like your distinction between hats and masks...hadn't thought about it that way. Thanks for your input.