Thursday, February 13, 2014

Be You - Inspiration Thursday

Masks by Shel Silverstein
She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid,
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by--
And never knew.
If you ask me, the lyrical, whimsical poems of Shel Silverstein so often contain the perfect combination of humor and insight.  How often do we hide or at least downplay our true selves in the interest of wearing a mask that allows us to fit in with all the other people in their own masks?  I fear it is far too often.  I know that I can be guilty of it from time to time myself.  It can be a challenge though to put yourself out there like that.  To open yourself to the world.  It easy to go with the flow of popular culture--to lose yourself in the safety of the crowd.  But, I think it so important to be true to your real self--to be you to the fullest that you can be you--even if that means swimming upstream.  Who knows what other wonderful souls might resonate with yours when you do?   Who knows what might be missed if you don't?

2 comments:

  1. So right you are! People have always thought of me as independent and unique, but even still.. I can recall instances where I tried to fit in (particularly religiously). As the years pass by, I find myself letting go of what I think I should be according to society's standards and embracing my true self.

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    1. I think everyone tries to fit in sometimes--and it may not always be a bad thing--but habitually it sets one up to miss so much. Good for you for being confident in you.

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