“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin” – Andre’ Berthiaume
Society teaches us that in order to be beautiful:
- We should cover-up.
- We should conceal.
- We should use a filter.
So we wear our make-up, and our masks, and pretend we are okay. When people ask how we are doing, we say that we are “great.” We post our favorite photos and hi-lights on social media to make ourselves look important. Yet, I know many of us want more. I know I do.
I want to talk to the woman who is brave enough to take off her mask and let her soul shine. I want to see all of the ugly truth so I can tell her she is still lovable and worthy. I want to tell her that her pain and struggle add to her light and to her beauty. That she should wear her scars proudly and never hang her head in shame for anyone or any reason, because those scars also taught her lessons that changed her life and world. We are all works in progress, and the journey doesn’t always look as good as one’s carefully selected social media posts, but that’s okay, because its real. Own your story. Own your journey. Own your authenticity.
I want to know your story. What breaks your heart? What dreams wake you in the wee hours of the night gasping for air? What scares you? When was the last time you loved yourself? Why aren’t you living the life you dreamed of as a child with wide eyed wonder and a heart filled with hope? What is holding you back? Let’s explore.
Take off the mask. Be your own kind of beautiful.