The Mask

Wicked Wednesday Prompt #170

We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.

I wasn’t sure about this week’s prompt. It’s not that I’m unbroken, I just didn’t know if I had anything to say. Turns out that I do.

The worst part of being broken, for me, is the mask. Having to pretend that I’m mended, having to interact with people when I don’t want to. When I’d much rather just stay inside, pull the covers up over my head and hide from the world. Having to smile and be nice, be polite to people I don’t even like. When I’d much rather tell them I don’t want to talk to them today, I don’t want them to talk to me.

But part of letting the light back in means having to do all of these things. Part of letting the light back in is going outside, is talking to people, is pretending – ‘Fake it ‘til you make it – as the old saying goes. The more I smiled the happier I became, the more I talked to people, the more they talked to me, the more I came to realise that I wasn’t the only one having to wear the mask, having to pretend. Everyone had days when they just wanted to pull the covers up over their heads.

I am broken, some days I still have to wear the mask but I try not to let it stop me letting the light back in. I’m tired of living in the dark.

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20 thoughts on “The Mask

  1. I have never thought of it as a mask, but you’re right. Sometimes we have our off days and we just put on the mask and do what we have to do, pretend to be happy, laugh and do things expected of us. But, even though it’s sometimes difficult to walk around with the mask, it sure makes us stronger and better.

    Great post 🙂

    Rebel xox

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  2. I am going through something like this right now. Wearing “the mask” and keeping to ones self has others believe you are ok, when really you are not, so they themselves hide from asking how you are holding up. Thank you for this. I may share this (with the link back of course).


    1. People definitely need to talk more to each other, more so when they don’t really want to. It’s hard to do unless you have the right person to talk to. It’s hard to ask someone how they are when they hide themselves away. Unfortunately the whole thing is hard for most people, whether they are the one needing support or the one offering support. Sometimes just knowing there is someone there for you can make a big difference. I wish you well and you are more than welcome to share 🙂
      Thank you 🙂


  3. I got so used to wearing a mask, that, for a while, it became who I was, I even believed it myself for a while. Until, that is, I was forced to take it off, and then I saw just how far from myself I’d strayed.

    I no longer wear a mask….if I wish to stay away, I do, if I wish to be around, I am. I can no longer ‘fake it’, it feels too much like stepping back.

    I’m an introvert by nature, so taking a step back is often more about self preservation than anything.

    I really enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing xx


    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
      I’d consider myself an introvert too, but there are times that I just can’t avoid some people. I’m too nice to tell them that I really don’t like them so I have to fake it. It helps now I don’t volunteer for everything, I totally get the self preservation thing, I was destroying myself without even realising.

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      1. I do understand what you mean, I just find that I have to reduce my exposure to those kinds of people or my energy levels run dangerously low.
        I have M.E so have limited energy anyway….it’s part and parcel of looking after myself that forces me to keep out of the way sometimes x


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